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Speedo Comet goggles

Date: c 1996
Overall: 0.05 kg
Medium: Plastic, latex
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Goggles
Object No: 00028754
Place Manufactured:Sverige

User Terms

    This pair of Speedo Comet Swedish racing goggles feature a white latex head strap and tinted low profile lenses.

    SignificanceThese self assemble, adjustable goggles are representative of designs produced for competition swimming. They are an important example of the technological developments in swimwear and accessories during the 1990s. The goggle's original plastic and card packet is also a good example of product packaging from this period.
    HistoryGoggles have been used by swimmers since the mid 20th century. They were developed to protect the eyes from irritants found in pool or sea water, as well as increase the swimmer's vision underwater. Early designs caused safety concerns as they were often made of glass, which chipped easily and created splinters.

    Goggles with no gaskets are commonly known as Swedish goggles. They are generally sold in pieces so that the swimmer can make them up to their specific requirements. Other goggle types have a hard rubber, foam or silicone gasket, which forms a seal between the lens and the skin.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: `COMET' RACING GOGGLES

    Web title: Speedo Comet goggles

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