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Boy's knitted cotton bathing drawers

Date: 1890-1910
Overall: 380 (length) x 355 mm, 740 mm waist diameter, 0.05 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00018359

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    This pair of boy's bathing drawers, also known as waders, are made from a knitted cream cotton decorated with light and dark blue horizontal stripes. Both the hems and the seams have been machine sewn and would have originally included a cotton drawstring at the waist.
    SignificanceThis is a rare example of an Edwardian boy's bathing garment.
    HistoryIn the early 1900s mixed bathing became acceptable and men and boys, in the name of public decency, were required to cover up rather than swim naked. Men wore bathing suits, one piece cotton or wool knit garments with short sleeves and mid thigh and boys wore bathing drawers, crude, cotton knit knee-length shorts.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Boy's knitted cotton bathing drawers or waders

    Web title: Boy's knitted cotton bathing drawers

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