Black men's swim trunks with white belt
By the 1940s, men’s swimming trunks were commonplace. The custodian at Parnell Baths commented in 1938 that "shorts were in almost universal use at the baths now by both youths and men" and their popularity had rapidly increased. He also observed that very few full-sized bathing costumes were seen, either in the baths or on the beaches, and that 'the backless costume was the vogue for women' (Auckland Star, 7 January 1938).
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