Summary

Alternative Name(S): Bathing Trunks, Bathers, Swimmers, Swimming Costume

Blue woollen male bathing costume with belt, size 32, labelled 'Myer Store for Men'. Found in a house belonging to the donor's uncle in South Melbourne.

The costume is an early example of swimwear from when men were able to legally swim topless in the 1930s. The fashion originated in France in the early 1930s, and slowly caught on in other countries, although was often controversial. In Australia this was less so, and by 1940 it was common attire at the beach (as illustrated in the iconic 1940 painting 'Australian Beach Pattern' by Charles Meere). Later on, synthetic fibres replaced wool in the manufacture of swimwear, as wool was very uncomfortable and became much heavier when wet.

Physical Description

Dark blue, woollen bathing trunks with two white stripes on each hip. Front skirted flap. White woollen belt with silver-coloured metal buckle. Black label with yellow stitched text attached to rear. Red stitched number on white background attached near label.

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