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Speedo poster featuring Mark Spitz

Made
Poster, Mark Spitz wearing Speedo swimsuit, paper, Studio One / Stern Black Star, USA, 1972

Large poster featuring full length colour photograph of USA Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz wearing a pair of Speedo briefs and the 7 Olympic gold medals he won at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. At the bottom are panels of text recording the swimming events and times he won the gold medals in.

Summary

Object No.

98/121/1

Object Statement

Poster, Mark Spitz wearing Speedo swimsuit, paper, Studio One / Stern Black Star, United States of America, 1972

Physical Description

Poster, Mark Spitz wearing Speedo swimsuit, paper, Studio One / Stern Black Star, USA, 1972

Large poster featuring full length colour photograph of USA Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz wearing a pair of Speedo briefs and the 7 Olympic gold medals he won at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. At the bottom are panels of text recording the swimming events and times he won the gold medals in.

Marks

printed text box along lower edge "7 New World Records 100 Meter Butterfly 54.27 400 Meter Freestyle Relay 3:26.42 100 Meter Freestyle 51.2 / 400 Meter Medly 3:48.2 200 Meter Butterfly Relay 7:35.78200 Meter Freestyle 1:52.78"
printed l.l. "STUDIO ONE / [copyright] 1972 4022 [inside box] / 1899 NEW HOPE STREET, NORRISTOWN PA 19401 / PRINTED IN USA"

Dimensions

Width

610 mm

Production

Notes

The Speedo swimsuit Mark Spitz is wearing was designed by Speedo's Australian designer Gloria Mortimer-Dunn and made in the USA. Speedo by this time had licensed out the manufacture of Speedo's for the overseas market.

Gloria Mortimer-Dunn noted that Mark Spitz had a contract with a [German] swimwear manufacturer Arena and the US was also reluctant to acknowledge that their team was competing in Australian designed swimwear, this Gloria felt was why Mark Spitz hides the Speedo logo with his hand!

For the design Gloria had just used a very simple configuration of the American flag.

The poster was made in the USA as were the Speedo's.

Manufactured

History

Notes

Used by Robert Gillespie. Robert purchased the poster and a pair of swim briefs like the ones Mark Spitz is wearing when on tour in the USA in 1973. He had the poster sticky taped to his wall at one stage. Robert is a volunteer at the Powerhouse Museum and feels that he has always had an eye for items that may be of historical importance which he has collected, enjoyed and then passed onto a museum.
Bought by Robert Gillespie in the U.S.A.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Gillespie

Acquisition Date

3 September 1998

Cite this Object

Harvard

Speedo poster featuring Mark Spitz 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 2 March 2021, <https://ma.as/160768>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/160768 |title=Speedo poster featuring Mark Spitz |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=2 March 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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