Inflatable Woman’s Bathing Suit Top

We've all seen those famous vintage ads that show inflatable bras.

But I had not realized that the gimmick had been applied also to bikinis. I cannot find any such currently for sale, however, which seems to show the idea was...a bust!

Source of article: The Paducah Sun (Paducah, Kentucky) 30 Jul 1992, Thu Page 11

     Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 20, 2022
     Category: Fashion | Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators | Oceans and Maritime Pursuits | 1990s

I thought the inflatable bra ad was claiming its use would make the woman non-skid.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 09/20/22 at 11:34 AM
@Virtual -- Not just non-skid -- she can anchor herself anywhere with those spikes!
Posted by Phideaux on 09/20/22 at 01:52 PM
Those aren't bullet bras, they're rocket bras.
Posted by ges on 09/20/22 at 08:58 PM
Personal flotation devices?
Posted by Teri on 09/20/22 at 11:34 PM
A true gentleman will always offer to help a lady inflate her bra or bikini top…
Posted by Brian on 09/21/22 at 09:34 AM
Try using helium. You may find the results 'uplifting'.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 09/21/22 at 11:43 AM
Virtual In Carnate: 😊
As an experiment once, I filled a small beach ball with helium. It did not rise or float in the air. The only explanation I could come up with was that the vinyl was too heavy. Balloons made of latex or mylar are much lighter in weight, hence they rise.
Worthy of further experimentation? Maybe there is a government grant someone could obtain. 😊

Posted by Patrick on 09/22/22 at 07:07 AM
@Patrick -- A figure suitable for rough calculations (when you want a general idea but can't be arsed to look up exact numbers) is the balloon has to weigh less than an ounce for every cubic foot it encloses.

I wonder where the pump on that bikini is located. My sister had a thing of being able to take a nap while floating on her back. I can just imagine some woman doing that, and the waves gently lapping against her slowly pumping the bra until it's like two weather balloons tethered to her chest.
Posted by Phideaux on 09/22/22 at 10:31 AM
Thankyou, truly.
It looks like someone has figured this out, if you know the figure for rough calculations. Alas, no large government grant for further study. :-(
Posted by Patrick on 09/23/22 at 06:59 AM
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