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Cloth badge of woman with parasol

Date: 1920s - 1940s
Dimensions:
Overall: 105 x 45 mm, 0.001 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gary McPherson
Object Name: Badge
Object No: 00028954

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    Description
    This cotton twill badge has been machine embroidered with satin stitched cotton floss. The woman depicted wears an early belted one piece swimsuit, and holds a parasol over her left shoulder.



    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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