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Men's navy blue Seagull swimming trunks

Date: 1940s-1950s
Overall: 395 x 340 mm, 0.148 kg
Clothing size: 38
Medium: Wool
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00009442
Place Manufactured:Melbourne

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    These navy blue knitted wool Seagull 'Sunshine Fashion' swimming trunks were made in Melbourne. They feature the company's distinctive white seagull logo and the original swing tag. The four page tag is still attached to the garment, with instructions on 'How to put on a swimming suit', 'Care of the garment in use', 'Other things to know', and 'Care of the garment after use'.
    SignificanceThese swimming trunks are representative of men's swimwear designs produced in Australia during the 1940s and 1950s.
    HistoryBy the 1940s swimwear had become functional, sleek and streamlined. Men went topless, wearing swimming trunks and belted wool knit shorts with a half skirt for modesty. Women's swimsuits went backless, and were often accessorised with coloured rubber surf caps to complete the silhouette of the outfit.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Swimwear mens Trunks.

    Web title: Men's navy blue Seagull swimming trunks

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    Maker: Seagull

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