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Women's white rubber swimming cap

Date: 1950s
Dimensions:
190 x 220 mm, 0.4 lb. (0.2 kg)
Medium: Rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimming cap
Object No: 00039528

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    Description
    This white rubber swimming cap features an embossed design of white tulips across the crown and a border frieze of leaves along the back. A rubber chin strap with a metal press stud follows the early 1950s fashion trend for caps based on leather aviator's helmets from the 1920s. A stamp on the inside of the cap reads 'Made in West Germany'.


    SignificanceThis swimming cap is representative of beach and pool fashions of the 1950s and 1960s.
    HistoryDuring the 1950s extravagantly decorated rubber swimming caps were very much in vogue, worn to accessorise with a swimsuit, and to protect permanent wave hairstyles popular during the period. Often designed by milliners, caps were brightly coloured, appliquéd with flowers or ribbons, or moulded into shapes.

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    Web title: Women's white rubber swimming cap

    Assigned title: Women's white rubber swimming cap

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