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VINTAGE "SUPERMAN" SWIM SNORKEL 1950'S OVER $700

Discussion in 'Vintage Diving & Equipment' started by Mike Lev, Jun 9, 2021 at 8:38 PM.

  1. Mike Lev

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  2. David Wilson

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    Must be the highest price reached - so far - for a snorkel - ever! And there are already 8 bids.

    The Superman snorkel first became available in 1955 and remained on sale until 1956, if the online newspaper archive I have just searched is anything to go by. I found a couple of relevant ads from 1956:

    1. Daily Press, Friday, 3 Aug 1956, p31.
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    2. The Paducah Sun, Thursday, 21 June 1956, p32.

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    A rise from $1.23 to $755.00 is quite a price hike! 39 inches is also incredibly long for a breathing tube when the current European Standard EN 1972 of 2015 stipulates a maximum snorkel length of 350 mm (13.78 inches). You might have to be Superman to swim with it below the surface.:wink:

    Over the years on eBay I've seen similar models branded Riviera and Swim King with much more affordable starting bids:
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    I have one in my collection. The idea of a long knotted elastic band attaching the tube to the temples without being anchored to the dive mask seems unique to 1950s America. I have never chanced upon a European breathing tube featuring this alternative mode of attachment.
     
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  3. Mike Lev

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    I have that same swim king also. It's huge. I bet the Superman goes over a grand. Still a few days left. I missed a Superman mask with built in snorkel way back. They have some Superman kid fins in the box on the bay. Not cheap either. Thanks David for the info.
     
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  5. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

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    Best put a rush on my time machine build save I run out
     
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  6. OTF

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    holy crap a twelve thousand dollar snorkel!
     
  7. Mike Lev

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    Yeah. I would be picking up some Action comics #1 also. Lol
    You mean twelve hundred.
     
  8. OTF

    OTF Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    oops. yeah. but still.
     
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