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Material relating to sun tanning

Date: 1930s
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0450

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [022] consists of material collected by designer Peter O'Sullivan relating to sun tanning. It includes 10 magazine articles on subjects such as sun-tonics, gradual sun tanning, soothing sunburn, 'olive tan' as the new complexion, the effects of sunshine and how to maintain mid-winter complexions. They feature photographs of Marian Marsh, Florence Rice, Geneva Mitchell, Ida Lupino, Helen Simpson, Helen Wood and Joan Crawford.

    It also includes 12 newspaper clippings regarding the effects of water temperature, sunbathing risks to TB, medical advice on bathing, ways to avoid sunburn, sunbathing and 'mental stagnation', techniques of sunbathing and lotion.
    SignificanceThis is a rare archival collection with excellent display potential relating to Melbourne based swimwear designer Peter O'Sullivan. The collection documents all aspects of knitted swimwear production from the development of designs, to the choice of models, manufacture and distribution of swimwear. The collection illustrates the European and American influences on O'Sullivan's designs, as well as his innovations of the modesty-skirt and 'Superman' buckle.
    HistoryPeter O'Sullivan became the first Australian to successfully design and manufacturer swimwear for export to the United States by creating two innovations. He won the world patent for the square belt buckle, known as the 'Superman' buckle, after it was incorporated into Superman's costume and he developed the small skirt across the front of both men's and women's swimsuits known as the 'modesty panel'.

    O'Sullivan's 'modesty panel' became a feature of Australian and international swimwear fashions right up until the 1970s. His Black Lance swimwear range in the 1930s featured low cut backs, fashionable colours and decorative flourishes.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: MATERIAL REGARDING SUNBATHING, THE RISKS INVOLVED AND BEAUTY TIPS RELATED TO THE BEACH AND SUNSHINE, COLLECTED BY PETER O'SULLIVAN

    Web title: Material relating to sun tanning

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