Birthday Girl, Dawn Bean’s 1955 Pan Am Games Costume

ISHOF has begun a new cataloging system and we will try to start posting memorabilia items for everyone to enjoy.  We cannot possibly display all our fabulous items, so this way, we can begin to showcase some of them.

This is the synchronized swimming costume Dawn Bean wore at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City, which was held from March 12 through March 26, 1955.  Dawn played two roles as both coach and swimmer, and she took home gold along with her two sisters, Joan and Lynn.  Her husband Ross was co-coach along with her, it was truly a family affair.

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4 years ago

This is Dawn – Swim suit, headpiece, & arm bands were copied from the album cover of the music, Ballet Bonampak written by Luis Sandi, a Mexican composer. Event was held in Chapultapec Park where we met Mr. Sandi who lived in an apartment there. He heard the music and came down to investigate. I had cut the music and told him that I wanted to use it all, but the rules said we could only use 5 minutes. He said he was honored we had used his composition which was based on original Aztec themes.

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