Gantner & Mattern Mens Vintage antique? 36" chest and 32" length.Wool Tank top style with shorts under a modesty "skirt". Royal blue with black and white horizontal stripes or bands. There is some wear to this suit, but still in wonderful condition for it's age. Several small holes and a spot of discoloration on the stomach area. Please see photos and let us know if you have any questions, thank yoU! One of the great, but lesser-known California swimwear makers of the 20th century was Gantner-Mattern. Like most of the makers of swimsuits, they started out as makers of knitwear stockings, underwear, and sporting sweaters.
By the turn of the century, they were making the swimsuits that made them famous. The company got its start in San Francisco in 1877 at the J. By the late 1890s, two employees, corporate secretary John O. Gantner and mill superintendent Alfred Mattern had left Pfister to start their own knitting company.
That was lucky for them because the Great Earthquake of 1906 destroyed the Pfister operation, while Gantner-Mattern was located in a safe area. Pfister was able to rebuild with the help of two friends, but it is not known if the friends in question were actually Gantner and Mattern. Swimwear quickly became the main product at Gantner-Mattern. In 1932, Gantner-Mattern was the first company to produce a topless swimsuit for men! Yes, it was still considered indecent in many places for a man to swim without a tank top in the early 1930s, but before long this quaint old custom was only a memory.
The item "Vintage Mens Swimsuit Wool Bathing Suit Gantner Mattern 1920s Royal Blue White" is in sale since Wednesday, December 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage\Men's Vintage Clothing\Swimwear". The seller is "smilejm" and is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.