Of course we didn't know we were living in what would become this Retro Rage some 60 years later. No, we were just having a day at the lake during the hot summer of 1955.
Neither did we think of ourselves as bathing beauties, but as I look at my sister in her cute pigtails, full bangs, dry bathing suit and posed smile...'me thinks I was set up'!
Yep, set up to look like a drowned rat!
Which I very nearly was...drowned...that is! I couldn't swim, but brother was a fish and took great delight in luring me out in the knee deep water...deep for me as you can tell by the long legs. He would leap out of the water like a flying fish and drag me to the fathomless bottom and hold me there until one of our parents noticed my kicking legs and precious air bubbles floating out to sea.
Through most of the 1950's women's bosom and derriere were pretty much completely covered with the swim suit creating a shapely figure. There was under-wiring, built in bras and panty girdles to make a gal more or less than she really was. You will notice those fashion attributes did not make it to the kids swim wear line...unless they looked like my model sister who did not get in water any deeper than her ankle.
The 'Bathing Cap' modeled by mother's friend was touted as the 'Magic Inner Rim Cap' which guaranteed a water tight fit and a permanent red line around your head. Kind of explains the hairline showing and ears out on this lady.
My mother must have had her Magic Cap pulled down over her ears. How else can I explain her not coming to my rescue?
I read where Bloomingdale's in June 1957 advertized these Caps for $1.25 and Jantzen advertised the Caprice Swimsuit for $22.
Today they are part of the Retro Rage Collectibles. Makes me wonder what my 1962 Swimsuit would go for these days.
That was especially important to me as I not only learned to swim, but became a pretty good water skier who could not keep my skis together when being pulled up and out of the water.
I loved that swimsuit with it's elastic straps, revealing back and 'More' on top and 'Modest' on bottom. That is until the 'More' floated out to sea and the 'Modest' fell to my knees in the splitting of the 'More and Modest' from a fall off the ski's.
I was a Bathing Beauty Bomb in my Birthday Suit!