73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — 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 — automobile engineer-turned-designer — introduced the world to the lovers of the world's smallest swimsuit. He called his creation the bikini. As he himself said later, the name was born when he saw how women were hitting on swimwear to sunbathe more.

The two piece swimsuit was invented long before the creation Rear. Even on Greek urns and mosaics, which for more than 3000 years, shows female athletes in swimsuits in two parts. But the genius of creation Rear that he has created a swimsuit from a low fabric, which at the same time could be worn in public. He said that the swimsuit cannot be called a bikini if both parts are not in engagement ring.

We present you photographs from the archives of Life magazine dedicated to the bikini. Let's see, what were these bikini in the first years of their popularity.

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

1. Santa Monica, CA, 1940 (Peter Stackpole—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

2. Tan with creative "tattoos", 1941 (Peter Stackpole—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

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

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

4. Rita Hayworth at home in Los Angels, 1945. (Peter Stackpole—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

5. Florida, 1945 (Nina Leen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

6. Florida, 1945 (Nina Leen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

7. Florida, 1945 (Nina Leen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

8. Actress Linda Christian, the first "bond girl", 1945 (Bob Landry—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

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

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

10. On the beach in France, 1945 (Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

11. On the beach in France, 1945 (Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

12. On the beach in France, 1945 (Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

13. On the beach in France, 1945 (Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

14. French actress Barbara Lange in a homemade swimsuit, which she cut herself, 1945 (Nina Leen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

15. Participant of beauty contest Jackie Lee Barnes posing by the pool in Albuquerque, new Mexico, 1949 (Ed Clark—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

16. Model in bikini, 1950 (Ed Clark—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

17. Model in bikini, 1950 (Ed Clark—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

18. French model Christiane Richard in a bikini for their morning coffee, 1950 (Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

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

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

20. Actress Jayne Mansfield posing on the background of inflatable dolls, 1957 (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

21. Diving in Israel, 1960 (Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

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

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

23. Sunbathing, 1961 (Allan Grant—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

24. Jayne Mansfield with husband Mickey Hartigan, 1961 (Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

25. Actress Filomen Toulouse with her pet Fox at the Cannes film festival, 1962 (Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

26. Cannes, France, 1962 (Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

27. Atlantic city, new Jersey, 1964 (Art Rickerby—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

28. Hungarian model, 1965 (Walter Sanders—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

29. Model Neti Abascal shows the pattern on the chest and abdomen, the Bahamas, 1968 (Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

30. Somewhere near Malibu, California, 1970 (Co Rentmeester—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

73 years ago there was the smallest swimsuit in the world — bikini

31. Southern California, 1970 (Co Rentmeester—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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