Prototype of a Swim Fin patented by Owen Churchill

Prototype of a Swim Fin patented by Owen Churchill

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Description (Brief)
Black rubber fin is with a strap at the heel with black tape holding it together. There is a section for the foot and the rubber of the fin has been hand carved into the shape desired. This is a working model for Owen Churchill's swim fin design, 1939. 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.
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Object Name
swim fin
date made
associated person
Churchill, Owen
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
overall: 3 in x 18 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 46.99 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Owen T. Churchill
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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