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Men's Sutex swimming trunks

Date: 1940s
Dimensions:
390 x 340 mm, 0.6 lb. (0.26 kg)
Medium: Lastex
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00039522

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    Description
    These American made swimming trunks follow the 1940s men's fashion for topless and high waisted swimwear. The design features a white cord trim on the side of each leg, a half skirt and a leg line on the upper thigh for modesty. A manufacturer's label is sewn onto the lower left leg reading 'Sutex'.
    SignificanceThese swimming trunks are representative of men's beachwear fashions in the 1940s.
    HistoryDespite a move towards topless swimsuits for men throughout the 1930s in Australia and the United States, one piece swimsuits were usually worn on public beaches until the 1940s.

    Once the topless design was accepted, elaborate belts and buckles were often featured, primarily as a way of differentiating men's swimwear from undergarments. While the actual style of trunks changed little between the 1940s and 1950s, there was a shift away from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton towards synthetics.
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    Maker: Sutex

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