This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum's Peter O'Sullivan collection.
He became the first Australian to successfully design and manufacturer swimwear for export to the United States by creating two innovations. He is purported to have designed the square belt buckle, a feature popularly known as the ‘Superman Buckle’ and throughout the 1930s submitted patents for innovative designs both within Australian as well as England and America. These applications include designs for the small skirt across the front of both men's and women's swimsuits known as the 'modesty panel' and an inbuilt support system for men’s bathers.
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ANMM Collection ANMS0438.
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