Swimming goggles used by Gertrude Ederle

Description (Brief)
These swimming goggles were worn by American Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003) while making her historic swim across the English Channel in August of 1926. Not only was Ederle the first woman to ever complete the feat, only five men had ever accomplished the swim, and she bested their times by almost two hours.
Called "America's Best Girl" by President Calvin Coolidge, Ederle returned to fame and a ticker-tape parade in New York City. The former Olympican furthered the acceptance of female athletics, helping make the 1920s America's "Golden Age of Sport."
Currently not on view
Object Name
goggles, swimming
date made
Ederle, Gertrude
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 17 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm; 6 11/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gertrude C. Morrison

Visitor Comments

8/8/2016 1:31:19 PM
Patrick Mus
What a great feat, and the lense color is fitting for swimming and scubadiving. Thank you for sharing. Pat
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