To a vintage collector, one of the best things is finding an item in print, and then seeing the actual object. In this case, it is a virtual seeing, but still it is enough to bring a smile.
I’ve been looking closely at swim or bathing caps, trying to find a few to match up with some bathing suits in my collection that are in need of the proper headwear. In doing do I ran across a very nice cap on etsy – one that looked vaguely familiar. In looking back at prior posts on swim caps, I realized where I’d seen it.
I posted this ad from U.S. Rubber last June. It is from 1958, and says the following about the “lace” cap:
Look at the wonderful new things that have happened to swim caps… Chantilly Lace in new feather-light, divinely comfortable U.S. Aquafoam
Luckily for collectors today, the rubber makers kept trying to make an unattractive item look more desirable to women. Their experimentation is our gain in the variety and novelty of the swim caps manufactured in the 1950s. Thanks, U.S. Rubber!
And thanks to etsy seller IngridIceland for the use of her photos.