57 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Celebrities Wearing Swimwear During the 1930s

While the 1920s started the trend for leisure activities like swimming, it was economic changes in the 1930s that made swimming a past time for everyone, not just those lucky enough to live near a beach.

Yarn covered in rubber invented in 1931 to make swimwear much more comfortable and lighter to wear. Previously all wool swimsuits looked fine dry but sagged terribly when wet and weighed a few extra pounds, too. With less sag, thinner material and a stiffer stretch to it, it was possible for designers to build in support for women — girdles and light bras. This helped women of all shapes look and feel better in swimwear.

The 1930s swimwears could be made of cotton or Rayon, which was more comfortable against the skin than wool.

These glamorous photos captured portraits of classic beauties that defined the 1930s swimwear styles.

Alice White
Andrea Leeds
Anita Louise
Ann Dvorak
Ann Evers
Ann Sheridan
Anna May Wong
Bette Davis
Betty Furness
Betty Grable
Blanca Vischer
Blanche Le Clair
Carole Lombard
Cecilia Parker
Clara Bow
Dorothy Arnold
Dorothy Dare
Dorothy Lamour
Dorothy Sebastian
Eleanor Troy
Esther Ralston
Frances Drake
Gale Sondergaard
Gertrude Michael
Ginger Rogers
Grace Bradley
Irene Hervey
Jean Arthur
Jean Harlow
Jeanette MacDonald
Joan Blondell
Joan Crawford
Joan Fontaine
Joan Marsh
Joyce Compton
Judith Barrett
June Clyde
June Travis
Karen Morley
Lola Todd
Lucille Ball
Lynn Bari
Madge Evans
Margaret Lockwood
Mary Carlisle
Olivia de Havilland
Patricia Ellis
Paulette Goddard
Priscilla Lawson
Raquel Torres
Rita Hayworth
Sally Rand
Sheila Darcy
Thelma Todd
Toby Wing
Una Merkel
Victoria Vinton

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