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Men's maroon woollen swimming trunks

Date: c 1940
Overall: 400 x 390 x 20 mm, 0.3 kg
Clothing size: 36
Medium: Wool, synthetic yarn
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028087

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    These maroon swimming trunks follow the 1940s fashion for men's swimwear that was topless and high waisted. The ribbed wool design features a half skirt and leg line on the upper thigh for modesty, white cotton cord stripes down both sides and a white cotton webbing belt. The belt buckle is missing and the belt is secured with a large knot.
    SignificanceThese swimming trunks are a rare example of men's beachwear trends from the 1940s.
    HistoryMen's swimwear followed men's fashions in the 1940s. Form-fitting trunks with strategically placed seams and panels followed the trend for swimwear that was functional, sleek and streamlined. Belts and buckles were also often included in the design, primarily as a way of differentiating men's and boy's swimwear from undergarments.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Men's maroon trunks with white cotton tie belt

    Web title: Men's maroon woollen swimming trunks

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