Annette Kellerman

Annette Kellerman dressed as a mermaid. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Australian Kellerman gets a lot of the credit for developing the women's one-piece bathing suit. But she was also a competitive swimmer, as well as a vaudeville and film star who designed her own mermaid costumes.

Here are her costumes that we talked about in the episode:

Here are the links Tracy referred to during listener mail: Welsh National Dress and Traditional Welsh Costume

Tracy's Research:

  • "ANNETTE KELLERMAN SAYS GIRLS IN SHORTS MUST LOOK TO SHAPES." Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960): 7. Jun 25 1935. ProQuest. Web. 25 May 2017.
  • "ANNETTE KELLERMAN STILL DRAWS CROWD." Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960): 1. Feb 07 1937. ProQuest. Web. 25 May 2017 .
  • Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre. "History."
  • Australian Government. "Annette Kellerman – the modern swimmer for modern women."
  • Barlow, Robert. "Some Unpublished Cole Porter Lyrics." The Yale University Library Gazette. Vol. 30 No. 1, 1955. Via JSTOR.
  • Butkus, Clarice M. "Annette Kellerman." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web. September 27, 2013. <>
  • By Wireless to THE NEW YORK TIMES. "BRITON WINS $5,000 BY CHANNEL SWIM." New York Times (1923-Current file): 19. Sep 18 1926. ProQuest. Web. 25 May 2017.
  • Cuddon, Sarah, producer. "The Diving Venus." Falling Tre Productions. Presented by Kate Rew. First broadcast on 27th May 2011 BBC Radio 4.
  • Kellermann, Annette. " Physical Beauty, how to Keep it." George H. Doran Company, 1918.
  • Kellermann, Annette. "How to Swim." George H. Doran Company. 1918.
  • Mason, Paul. "Heroes of Swimming: Annette Kellerman." The Guardian. 3/8/2013.
  • Woolacott, Angela. "Race and the Modern Exotic: Chapter 1."

Topics in this Podcast: biographies, Australian history, show notes, racism, disability, Sports, 20th century, 19th century, women, sports history