Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

• Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

July 5, 1946, less than a week after the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, a Frenchman named Louis Rare - automotive engineer-turned-designer - introduced the world to lovers the world's smallest swimsuit. He called his creation "bikini". As he himself said later, the name was born when he saw the woman rolled up swimwear to tan more.

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Swimsuit two parts was invented long before the creation of PEAP. Even on Greek urns and mosaics, which more than 3000 years old, depict women athletes in bathing suits in two parts. But the genius of creation PEAP is that he created a swimsuit from a minimum of fabric, which at the same time could be worn in public. He said he can not be called a bikini swimsuit, if both sides do not pass in an engagement ring.

We present you the photos from the archive of Life magazine devoted a bikini. Let's see, what were these bikinis in the early years of their popularity.

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Santa Monica, California, in 1940 (Peter Stackpole-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

A tan with creative "tattoos", 1941 (Peter Stackpole-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Actress Donna Drake with a rifle on the balcony of his home in Los Angeles, in 1942 (Peter Stackpole-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Rita Hayworth home in Los ANGELS, 1945. (Peter Stackpole-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Florida, 1945 (Nina Leen-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Florida, 1945 (Nina Leen-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Florida, 1945 (Nina Leen-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Actress Linda Christian, the first "Bond girl", 1945 (Bob Landry-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Sunbathing in France, 1945 (Ralph Morse-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

On the beach in France in 1945 (Ralph Morse-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

On the beach in France in 1945 (Ralph Morse-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

On the beach in France in 1945 (Ralph Morse-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

On the beach in France in 1945 (Ralph Morse-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

French actress Barbara Lange in a makeshift bathing suit, which she cut herself, 1945 (Nina Leen-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

beauty contestant Jackie Lee Barnes poses poolside in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1949 (Ed Clark-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

The model in a bikini, 1950 (Ed Clark-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

The model in a bikini, 1950 (Ed Clark-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

The French model Christiane Richard in a bikini for a morning coffee, 1950 (Nat Farbman-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Model Lynn Jones, 1955 (Peter Stackpole-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

The actress Jayne Mansfield poses against the backdrop of inflatable dolls, 1957 (Allan Grant-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Diving in Israel in 1960 (Paul Schutzer-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Model Pickney June, 1960 (Stan Wayman-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

When lit, in 1961 (Allan Grant-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Jayne Mansfield and her husband Mickey Hartigeem, 1961 (Stan Wayman-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Actress Phil Toulouse with his hand-fox at the Cannes Film Festival, 1962 (Paul Schutzer-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Cannes, France, in 1962 (Paul Schutzer-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Atlantic City, NJ, in 1964 (Art Rickerby-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

The Hungarian model 1965 (Walter Sanders-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

neti Abaskal model shows the pattern on the chest and abdomen, Bahamas, in 1968 (Bill Eppridge-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Somewhere near Malibu, California, in 1970 (Co Rentmeester-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Exactly '71 back in vogue bikini

Southern California, 1970 (Co Rentmeester-Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)