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Clippings and articles relating to ocean bathing, surfing and swimming

Date: 1930s
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0448

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [034] consists of magazine and newspaper clippings and articles collected by designer Peter O'Sullivan. They cover a range of subjects such as swimming for exercise, weight loss and beauty, swimming techniques, surfing, life saving at Manly, Bondi and Maroubra, swimming safety, record breaking swimming, and sea bathing to cure illness.
    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 RELATED TO THE TECHNIQUE AND BENEFITS OF SWIMMING AND TO SURF LIFE SAVING, COLLECTED BY PETER O'SULLIVAN

    Web title: Clippings and articles relating to ocean bathing, surfing and swimming

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