Vintage pictures of women modelling bathing caps.
Swimming caps are fairly rare these days outside of the Olympics and synchronized swimming competitions. Even rarer is the sight of swim caps that appear to have two faces on one person. But in 1959, when LIFE ran an article titled «Two-faced Swimmers in Crazy Caps», these poolside headpieces were all the rage.
It was invented by a Long Island housewife named Betty Geib to amuse her children. The wares flew off the rack at a church bazaar, so she started a new business, Betty Darling, selling them for $3 to $6. LIFE promised its readers that “the serpent, cat and sunflower designs are sure to turn heads.”
A picture collection by photographer Ralph Crane, published in LIFE magazine and entitled Two-faced Swimmers in Crazy Caps, features models wearing funny bathing caps, created by Betty Geib as a way to entertain her children. Check out these funny pictures.
Bathing Caps With Faces On Them