Patent Papers for the Swim Fin invented by Owen Churchill, 1940

Description (Brief):

Patent papers for the swim fin invented by Owen Churchill and patented on December 17, 1940, patent number 124013. Churchill was the first to design and patent the swim fin and his were the only manufactured fins from 1940 to 1947. According to Churchill, they were used by the United States underwater demolition teams of the U.S. Navy and the British Admiralty during World War II.

Date Made: 1940

Inventor: Churchill, Owen

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: SportsName Of Sport: SwimmingLevel Of Sport: recreationalWeb Subject: Invention


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Credit Line: Owen T. Churchill

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0200.08Accession Number: 1983.0200Catalog Number: 1983.0200.08

Object Name: patent papers

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 8 in; 30.48 cm x 20.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_1802180

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