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Jantzen Diving Girl logo reproduced courtesy of Skye Group

Jantzen swim shorts used by Jack Britten

Date: c 1950
Overall: 420 x 380 mm, 194.82 g
Medium: Fabric
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Val and Jack Britten
Object Copyright: © Jantzen Diving Girl logo Skye Group
Object Name: Shorts
Object No: 00044880

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    The swimming shorts are well worn as Jack Britten was a keen swimmer. He lived in Botany and swam regularly in the ocean at Maroubra and in ocean baths.
    HistoryJantzen Knitting Mills, formerly the Portland Knitting Company was founded in 1910 in Portland Oregan, by John A Zehntbauer and Carl C Jantzen. In 1913 Portland Knitting Mills created a rib knit rowing suit for a member of the Portland Rowing Club. By 1915 a lighter weight garment had been developed as a bathing suit. Rib knit swimsuits were available to buy in different colours and the swimsuits adjusted to the wearer's body for comfort. The Jantzen Company developed a bold marketing strategy in the early 1920s featuring the Jantzen diving girl in a red costume, cap and stockings with the slogon 'the suit that changed bathing to swimming'. This distinctive logo changed as swimwear evolved to reflect the fashion of the day.

    Jantzen opened a knitting mill in Sydney at Auburn in 1928 becoming a major competitor to Speedo Australia which introduced the iconic racerback costume the same year.

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