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Jantzen Diving Girl logo reproduced courtesy of Skye Group

Woman's Jantzen swimming cap

Date: 1950s
Overall: 130 x 170 x 170 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Val and Jack Britten
Object Copyright: © Jantzen Diving Girl logo Skye Group
Object Name: Swimming Cap
Object No: 00005791
Place Manufactured:England

User Terms

    Made by Jantzen in England, this rubber swimming cap is elaborately embossed in the fashion of the 1950s. The design was based on leather aviators' helmets from the 1920s, and was called the 'Diving Belle' after the Jantzen diving girl logo visible above the press stud. This cap no longer retains its original chin strap.

    SignificanceThe cap is representative of Australian beach fashions in the 1950s. Bought in Brisbane in 1956 by Val Britten (nee Patricia Fisher), the cap was worn for swimming in New South Wales at Casino Municipal Pool, Evans Head and Lennox Head.

    HistorySwimming caps were worn by women to accessorise their swimwear and protect hair from damage by the sun, wind and water. Sleek bathing caps also protected permanent wave hairstyles popular during the 1950s.

    Swimming caps were primarily made of rubberised fabric by the mid 20th century. The earliest chin strap caps were known as 'aviator's style', resembling the strapped leather helmets worn by flyers from the 1920s. Though the 1940s saw swimming caps become scarce as rubber was needed for war materials, by the 1950s decorated caps had come into vogue.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Diving Belle by Jantzen

    Web title: Woman's Jantzen swimming cap

    Related People
    Maker: Jantzen

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