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Speedo Aquablade goggles

Date: c 1996
Overall: 35 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Plastic, latex
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Goggles
Object No: 00028755

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    This pair of Speedo Aquablade Swedish racing goggles features a latex head strap, patented Futura leak proof gaskets and anti-fog impregnated metallic coated lenses. The raised rim helps to prevent the mirror scratching, while the self-adjusting device allows the swimmer to finely tune the goggles. Their smoke coloured lenses reduce light transmission to the eye, lowering overall brightness without excessive colour distortion.

    SignificanceThese self assembled, adjustable goggles are representative of mid 1990s designs produced for competition swimming. They are an important example of the technological developments in swimwear and accessories during the 1990s.
    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.

    Goggles and swimming caps formed part of Speedo's Aquablade range, produced to compliment the new technology incorporated into the swimsuit designs.
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