Boys’ pyjamas with an atomic design

Made by Crystal in Australia, Oceania, 1948-1963.

This pair of boy’s pyjamas is part of a collection of Australian made children’s clothing dating from 1948 to 1963. The fabric’s design, a repeated pattern depicting an atom in the form of electrons circling a nucleus, gives the pyjamas significance as a visual representation of the atomic age and its fascination for children in the post-World War II era.

Originating in a children’s wear shop at North Sydney, this collection typifies the type of clothing worn by middle class children in New Sou...


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Physical Description

Pyjamas, boys, cotton, made by Crystal, Australia, 1948-1963

Pair of boys cotton pyjamas made of printed cotton seersucker decorated with an overall print of green and navy atomic design of electrons orbiting a nucleus on a white ground. The top is long sleeved, has a turn down collar and a patch pocket on the proper left breast. The centre front opening fastens with two green plastic buttons. The loose fitting long pants have a fly front opening and a cotton drawstring at the waist. The top and pants are both machine sewn and unlined.



Made in Australia by Crystal.


Crystal 1948-1963



This pair of pyjamas is part of a collection of clothing from a small North Sydney children's wear shop that closed down in the early 1960s and is thought to have been demolished. The shop's unsold contents were packed in a garage until Lorraine Foster of The Vintage Clothing Shop purchased the whole collection around 2000. The clothing dates from 1948 to 1963 and includes many brands, probably all Australian made. Most items retain their labels and some are still in their original packaging. None had been sold or worn.



Credit Line

Purchased 2007

Acquisition Date

21 February, 2007

Cite this Object


Boys' pyjamas with an atomic design 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 January 2018, <>


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