Original Advertisement for Churchill Swim Fins

Original Advertisement for Churchill Swim Fins

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Description (Brief)
Framed advertisement for "Swim Fins from Tahiti by Owen Churchill." There is a story on the back related by Mr. Churchill which indicates he saw a painting, bought a print of it, painted in the swim fins himself, and developed it into an advertisement. The original painting is by Nordvinoff. 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
advertisement, swim fins
associated person
Churchill, Owen
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 16 in x 9 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 40.64 cm x 23.495 cm x 1.905 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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