Bathing Costume - Sutex, White, Navy & Green, 1950s Object Reg. No: SH 890479

Alternative Name(s): Bathers

Women's Sutex brand bathing costume of white, navy and green nylon, made circa 1950s. It was part of the unsold stock held by Steinberg drapery when it closed.

Hyman Steinberg immigrated from Palestine in 1924 and his future wife Phyllis immigrated from the Russian-Polish border in 1927. Hyman established a manufacturing business in Elgin Street, Carlton, making men's and women's hosiery. He continued manufacturing there until 1938. Meanwhile, in 1930, Hyman and his wife had leased a shop across the road from their mill in Elgin Street and begun a drapery business. There were many other Jewish shopkeepers in Carlton and several other drapery shops in Elgin and Lygon Streets. The Steinberg Drapery was operated by Hyman and Phyllis until Hyman's death in 1975. Mrs Steinberg retired in 1989, aged nearly 80, and Museum Victoria acquired many items from the store.
Women's bathing costume. One-piece "Bri-Nylon" with brassiere cups (on inside) and shoulder straps. Bottom in style of shorts. Top is white with navy and green bands at waist and navy from hips down. Back is fairly low cut.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Phyllis Steinberg, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 67.00 cm (Height), 70.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: women s clothing, working life, jewish communities, jewish immigration, family businesses
Themes this item is part of: Steinberg Drapery Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: swimwear
Inscriptions: Bri-Nylon

Label inside reads : "Catalina/ by Sutex../ Styled for the Stars of Hollywood". Size 34.
Date Made: circa 1950-1959
Place Used: Steinberg Drapery, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s-1980s


Jan Jenkins Posted on 18 Sep 2013 1:17 PM
Hi, After surfing the net, I found your site, I originally worked for Sutex pty Ltd from 1961 -1965 then again in 1966. I was employed in the office. I bought quite a few bathing costumes and a variety of stockings, jumpers and twin sets when worked there. it was a large factory.

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