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Boy's swimming trunks

Date: c 1950
Dimensions:
Overall: 190 x 285 x 10 mm, 0.05 kg
Clothing size: 5
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028058

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    Description
    These machine-knitted waffle-weave cotton swimming trunks have an elasticised waist with a separate gusset and cuffs on the hems at the leg. Children's swimwear from the 1950s rarely survives today as it was usually handed down to a younger sibling or simply worn out.
    SignificanceThese swimming trunks are a rare example of Australian swimwear design for children in the early 1950s.
    HistoryBoys' swimwear followed men's fashions in the 1950s. Form-fitting trunks with strategically-placed seams and panels followed the trend for swimwear that was functional, sleek and streamlined. Machine-knitted cotton was more comfortable than the heavy woollen swimwear of the previous decades and let children run and jump with freedom.

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