Vintage Scuba Advertising

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Vintage Scuba Advertising

Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:50 am

I have a bunch of these I have grabbed randomly from the net and or were sent to me. Enjoy!
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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:44 pm

Priceless! What a wonderful name for a wetsuit. Reminds me of other misnamed products, e.g.
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And now we've met Skunk Suit couple Jan and Tom, here's Jim:
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Looks like the garment targeted people with three-letter names. "Additional letters available" probably means that longer names must have cost more. :)

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Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:56 am

More wetsuits YELLOW RED GREEN
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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:20 am

Talk underwater......
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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:30 am

Bryan wrote:Talk underwater......



I like that... maybe I need to incorporate that feature into the new mouthpiece... just kidding.
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Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:37 am

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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:20 pm

Just a couple more.
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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:26 pm

Sea Hunt Voit Ad.jpg

Sea Hunt and Voit Forever!


Nemrod Babe 2.jpg


She might not have a double hose, but she does have a nice set.....of doubles I mean..........wow!!!



Snorkair.jpg


Spare Airs' Grandfather?
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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:58 pm

The memory may be fuzzy, but I swear the Voit Sea Hunt fins marketed to kids are identical to my first pair of fins which I believe were Voit also with the 007 logo. There was a mask and a snorkel ( which also was a squirt gun!) which were very cheap.
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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:05 pm

Talk underwater......


It looks like they used a stock surplus gas mask voice diaphragm off a U.S. Navy Mk.III, Mk.IV or Navy Diaphragm Optical Mk.I Mask and stuck it on a mouthpiece - the size, shape, and positioning of holes looks dead on like it... There was plenty of ND Gas Mask Repair Kits kicking around postwar, I bet.

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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:39 pm

As I approach the 60th anniversary of my first dive (July, 1957... at age 11), I really enjoyed the postings of Vintage equipment advertisement.
BTW, Francie has been diving for 50 years this summer. Glad we are both still able to enjoy diving! :D

I hope to see more postings of vintage ads. Thanks guys!

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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:10 pm

antique diver wrote:As I approach the 60th anniversary of my first dive (July, 1957... at age 11), I really enjoyed the postings of Vintage equipment advertisement.
BTW, Francie has been diving for 50 years this summer. Glad we are both still able to enjoy diving! :D

I hope to see more postings of vintage ads. Thanks guys!


Bill, congrats on your big 60 years of diving anniversary (and to Francie's 50 years!) My first real dive was about May or June, 1967 (if you don't count wearing a mask and laying down in a tide pool at age 4 or 5) so I'm right there with Francie at 50 years of diving this summer. Shot my first halibut that summer and dove Port Royal, Jamaica with my Dad the next summer. Time Flys! Mark.

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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:41 pm

Amazing, lot's of history here.

Only 40 years this summer. First dive, Lake Quonnipaug, Guilford, CT.
1800 PSI Scott Airpak with flat steel backpack and a U.S. Divers Aquarius Reg.

Best dive of my life.

Sorry, no DH.

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Re: Vintage Scuba Advertising

Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:10 am

antique diver wrote:As I approach the 60th anniversary of my first dive (July, 1957... at age 11), I really enjoyed the postings of Vintage equipment advertisement.
BTW, Francie has been diving for 50 years this summer. Glad we are both still able to enjoy diving! :D

I hope to see more postings of vintage ads. Thanks guys!


Vintage ads are rich sources when researching and chronicling diving equipment. Not only is their content valuable but the fact that they appear in a dated publication means that it is possible to chart when items of gear were launched, or at least available, if there is no manufacturer's catalogue to hand. One of my goals in retirement is to document early post-war British diving equipment manufacturing. I've started with series of ads in 1950s issues of the British Sub-Aqua Club magazines Neptune and Triton and my intention is to reconstruct a product list for each company using the ads as my source.

Here is one example. Milbro is an old British brand mainly known for the production of airguns and fishing tackle. Millard Brothers, who owned the brand, also made basic spearfishing gear for a while during the 1950s, advertising their products in Triton. These are the ads I started with:
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and this is what I ended up with, after researching the company's history online, an 8-page "reconstruction" of the Milbro underwater equipment catalogue in PDF format:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw7z_4bLjOOENjVLNl9rbnVuS0E/view
I've done similar reconstructions for Featherwate and Shark Brand, which are other early British manufacturers. Having done so for these minor producers, I plan to reconstruct something similar for the Dunlop Aquafort range of underwater equipment, which was marketed from the mid 1950s to the early 1960s. In none of these cases did I have a catalogue to work from, just ads. It's doubtful that I would ever find catalogues for these companies on eBay or elsewhere because UK vintage diving catalogues are very rare.

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