Everybody into the pool!


With the 4th of July weekend over, summer is truly upon us.  And that means swimming.  And what better way to support members of our extended American family then making sure that when we head to the pool or the shore, we have American made gear.


Most towels you see are made overseas, but Todd Lipscomb of Made in USA Forever features some very nice towels made in Georgia by 1888 Mills.  Not all of 1888 Mills towels are made in the States, but the Magnificence Bath Towels are made right here.

Pool Toys

If the young ones want to have adventures while in the pool, you need look no farther than Green Toys.  Their toys are all made by members of our extended American family using 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Their toys don’t contain BPAs,  phthalates, PVC, or external coatings.  I think the coolest Green Toys pool toys are the Submarine,

green toy submarine

the Ferry Boat,


and the Seaplane.

green toy seaplane

Bathing Suits

Lizzie Bramlett, the author of the wonderful blog the Vintage Traveler, did a great post on a nice women’s bathing suit brand Popina, made in Portland, Oregon.  Popina’s suits are very retro.


If you fellas are looking for a suit made by members of our extended American family, check out the Cool Tan board shorts.  They come in a variety of lengths and styles.  I think the Bermuda Board shorts are pretty cool.

tan through shorts

But I would probably avoid the racing thong.

racing suit

Even if you look like this guy.

Now get swimming!


About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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2 Responses to Everybody into the pool!

  1. Maui Made says:

    Cool! well, except the banana thong guy. I just started a blog about Made on Maui products – although we dont have that much actual manufacturing – its been really interesting so far!

    • tapirking says:

      Ya just gotta hate banana thongs, I agree. I am so happy started your blog about stuff made in Maui. My wife and I are going to be heading to Maui in December, so maybe we can get together. In the meantime, I will do a post on your new blog in the very near future.

      All the best,

      John Briggs

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