Historical information

This singlet has been made as a swimming singlet or top for a man to wear loosely over swimming trunks. It dates from about the 1920s. Both men and women in the 19th and early 20th centuries wore swimming costumes that modestly covered most of the body and for public bathing they usually bathed separately.


This item has no known local provenance but is of interest as a vintage piece of men's clothing.

Physical description

This is a navy cotton singlet with a rounded neckline and beige-coloured cotton edging around the neck, sleeve holes and bottom end. There is a printed label at the inside top of the neck.

Inscriptions & markings

Made In Australia