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Men's Ash swimming trunks

Date: 1950s
Overall: 325 x 330 mm, 1 kg
Clothing size: 32
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Marina Salidu
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00018454
Place Manufactured:Australia

User Terms

    These stretch-nylon swimming trunks were made in Australia by Ash Beachwear in the 1950s. With a high drawstring waist, a half skirt for modesty, and a leg line on the upper thigh, the mustard coloured trunks still have the original retail label stapled to the front.
    SignificanceThese swimming trunks are representative of men's beach and pool wear fashions made in Australia during the 1950s. The original manufacturer's tag is still attached to the garment with the slogan 'Ash/ the best in beachwear'.
    HistoryBy the end of the 1930s the fashion for men's swimwear was topless and high waisted. Men wore knitted wool or jersey swimming trunks with a half skirt for modesty, a leg line on the upper thigh and a belt for support.

    By the 1950s, men's swimsuits mirrored women's trends in both fabric and detailing. While the actual style of trunks changed little between the 1930s and 1950s, there was a shift from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton, to synthetics.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Men's swimming trunks

    Web title: Men's Ash swimming trunks

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    Maker: Ash

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