Churchill Swim Fins in Original Packaging

Churchill Swim Fins in Original Packaging

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
Red, white, and blue swim fins in the original box which were one of the first models ever manufactured and sold to swimmers. The swim fin heel is blue with the middle colored white and the tip is red with a hole in the top of the foot area. Churchill's address is molded into the bottom of the fin along with the size of the fin and the left or right designation. The original box has a color illustration of a person diving with the Churchill swim fins on. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
swim fins
date made
associated person
Churchill, Owen
Physical Description
rubber (fins material)
cardboard (box material)
overall: 19 1/4 in x 11 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 48.895 cm x 28.575 cm x 8.89 cm
box: 15 1/2 in x 11 in x 4 in; 39.37 cm x 27.94 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Owen T. Churchill
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object