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Playtex textured buff rubber swimming cap with chin strap

Date: 1940s
Overall (not fitted to mannequin): 110 x 150 x 175 mm
Medium: Rubber, metal, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimming cap
Object No: 00046086
Place Manufactured:Deutschland

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    SignificanceThis textured rubber swimming cap is representative of beach and pool fashions of the 1940s - a period during which swimming caps were scarce as rubber was required for war materials.
    HistoryEarly swimming caps were made of fabrics such as cotton and silk, but by the mid 20th century they were primarily made of rubber. Though the 1940s saw swimming caps become scarce as rubber was needed for war materials, by the 1950s decorated caps had come into vogue. During the 1960s swimming caps gained in popularity. Often designed by milliners, they were brightly coloured, appliquéd with flowers or ribbons, or moulded into shapes.
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    Maker: Playtex

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