Yesterday I did something that I rarely ever do: I went to the second main day of a flea market. Considering that the rainy conditions on Friday would have turned flea marketing from fun to drudgery, I really had little choice. I’ll give a full report on the finds later this week. Today I want to share one little bit of excitement.
The photo above is of Shirley Pittinger and a mystery friend. It was taken in 1939 at Mountain Lake, New Jersey. It was her bathing suit that caught my eye.
Though it is hard to tell from my photo of a photo, she does appear to be wearing the Jantzen swimsuit above. It was released in 1937 and was caller “The Uplifter.” I messed up and did not buy all the shots of her wearing the suit, but in several of them you can clearly see the plastic tips of the ties.
I’m afraid this shows just how easily excited I am. But while I’m constantly on the prowl for ads that match items in my collection, this is the first time I’ve found an actual photograph of a woman wearing the goods. So yes, call me easy.
EDIT: My friend Lynne was able to sharpen up the photo a bit for me:
Thanks so much, Lynne.