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Months passed. I thought of Verla frequently. One week, I thought about her every day as I ran errands in our neighborhood on my bicycle. Her fascinating name was constantly chanting in my mind. Verla. Verla. Verla. One day while passing by the line at my bank, I saw a woman who's hair do resembled Verla's from the back. I paused and called Verla's name, only to see the woman turn around. I had my business card ready and reintroduced myself telling her she should stop by with her swimsuits soon. Her eyes lit up, she was so pleased that I remembered her name. We chatted a little and she said she'd come by later that afternoon on her walk. She did and with her came two of the finest vintage swimsuits I've ever had the pleasure of selling.
Find Verla's other bathing suit seen in the last photo for sale here:
This suit has a tiki feel to it. Watery floral print of cream, greyish blue and Kelly green is slightly darker than it appears in these photos. Sweetheart neckline. Wrap around style pleated bodice has built in bra and removable boning on each side seam. Suit is piped on both sides with more pleating across one hip. Skirted front, shapely back. Closes at center back with two hook and eyes under the thickest metal Talon zipper I have ever seen. Adjustable button straps. Verla's story of a 1955 provenance checks out as this 8% rubber suit clearly dates to before 1959 and the invention of spandex.
Labeled: Roxanne 52% Acetate 21% Cotton 19% Rayon 8% Rubber Perfection Fit by Roxanne Size 32 Cup B
I do not pin clothing on models, but prefer instead to show you my garments on people they actually fit. Meaghan's measurements are 33-25-38 and she stands 5'8" tall.
-Bust: 28" up to 36"
-Hip: 32" to 36"
-Rise to center front: 21"
-Leg opening: 15" to 22"
-Straps adjust to 15", 16.5" and 18"
Very Good condition rating an 8 out of 10. This suit was worn, but mostly for sunning and here in Oregon that is not a frequent occurrence. Even in 1955. Some minor signs of wear are evident including one very slightly pulled seam on one side of the zipper and a small mended hole in the nylon lining in the bottom of the suit. It has been lovingly packed in a cedar chest low these many years just waiting for you and is ready to wear for years to come.
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