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Object Name Suit, Bathing
Alternate Name Bathing Suit
Date 1915-1930
Description Woman's bathing suit of brown wool knit fabric, machine-sewn. Suit is comprised of a belted tank tunic with attached shorts. Tunic has a button closure at one shoulder and a self-fabric belt with a two-button closure. Tunic has gusseted side slits with straps near the hem and is decorated with black and white embroidered flowers near the hem (two in front and two in back). Shorts have one patch pocket with buttoned flap.
(Keywords: Swimsuit, Twentieth Century, Fashion, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Oetgen
Ownership and History This bathing suit was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society by Mrs. Oetgen in 1957. The donor was likely Dorothea A. Oetgen (Mrs. John C. Oetgen), who lived on Amboy Road in Princes Bay, Staten Island. The suit could have belonged to Dorothea or her mother-in-law, Kate Oetgen (Mrs. Henry Oetgen), who had also lived on Amboy Road in Princes Bay. Research suggests the elder Mrs. Oetgen may have died in the 1930s.
Earliest Date 1915
Latest Date 1930
Subjects Clothing & dress
Swimmers
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Catalog Number C01.2571
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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