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Official Girl Scout Swim Wear




In 1933 the price of the "bathing suit" dropped to just $1.50, although the picture and description remained the same. This might have been an error, as by 1934 the price returns to $2.50.


What do the words "brand" new mean, when the "brand" is in quotation marks in this 1937 catalog?


Trefoil moves to the hip area, right hip as seen in image, or left hip as seen in catalog. The 1939 catalog image (above the swimsuit on right) shows the seams of the suit and the trefoil on the correct side. The 5-102 swim suit from 1937 got dumped into the clearance section pretty fast.


The 1941 swim suit does not seem to have any GS identification. 8-160


Subtle changes through the years; 8-161, 8-162, 8-163 styles.


Two view of the same 8-164 swim suit.

1948 marks the debut of the Brownie Bathing Suit, in 2 fabric choices. 8-166, 8-167


When white rick-rack was added to the swimsuit, the coding number changed to 8-A164 in 1950, but reverted back by 1951 (with the white rick-rack).

8-165, small changes bring changes in coding numbers

8-169 has a white Brownie emblem, 8-170 (below) has a brown emblem.



The green swim suit was designed by famed Catalina. 8-168, 8-170


For a change, the Girl Scout swim suit is in bright yellow. 8-171, 8-172



Attention to details is needed for this swim suit, but you still won't get all your questions answered. Our 1959 "model" with the red hair braid is seen modeling again, this time in the green and white swim suit. On that suit the GS logo is on the left hip on a green stripe. In 1964 did the swim suit really change it's stripes? The GS logo is still on the left hip, but on a white stripe. Just to keep it confusing, two of the images of the real suit shows the GS logo on the RIGHT hip. 8-170. 8-174

Tangerine became a popular color for Brownies. 8-173

The Girl Scout and Brownie dolls of the era had somewhat matching swim wear!.

1965 The Golden Magazine carried this Sally Senior Paper Doll with the current Girl Scout swim suit.


Makes you wonder how the Brownie swim suit of 1970 has a coding number earlier than the 1966 model. 8-171, 8-172


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