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Cloth badge of girl with beach bucket

Date: 1920s-1940s
Overall: 90 x 40 mm, 0.001 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gary McPherson
Object Name: Badge
Object No: 00028952

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    This plain weave cotton cloth badge has been machine embroidered with satin stitched cotton floss. The seated girl depicted wears an early one piece swimsuit, and holds a beach bucket in her lap.

    SignificanceThe badge is a rare example of the types of costume motifs applied to garments during the first half of the 20th century.

    HistoryMachine embroidered cloth badges were applied to swimwear from the 1920s. They were generally used by manufacturers to signify their brand, though costume motifs such as this one would have been bought separately and applied to the garment as decoration.

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