Men's bathing costume of grey knitted wool, which was mended by the proprietor of the Steinberg Drapery circa 1945, and intended for sale possibly as a second. It was part of the unsold stock held by Steinberg drapery when it closed.

Hyman Steinberg immigrated from Palestine in 1924 and his future wife Phyllis immigrated from the Russian-Polish border in 1927. Hyman established a manufacturing business in Elgin Street, Carlton, making men's and women's hoisery. He continued manufacturing there until 1938. Meanwhile, in 1930, Hyman and his wife had leased a shop across the road from their mill in Elgin Street and begun a drapery business. There were many other Jewish shopkeepers in Carlton and several other drapery shops in Elgin and Lygon Streets. The Steinberg Drapery was operated by Hyman and Phyllis until Hyman's death in 1975. Mrs Steinberg retired in 1989, aged nearly 80, and Museum Victoria acquired many items from the store.

Physical Description

Men's bathing costume of grey knitted wool, size 12. A canvas belt fastened with clip would have been worn with it. There is a small mend on the front left hand side.


The item was mended by proprietor and intended for sale, possibly as a second.

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