Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Men pretty much have never had a real issue on what to wear under their trousers.  Boxers or briefs?  That's pretty much it.  But when I was looking through the issue of Life magazine that I used in the last post, I came across this:  what to wear under your slacks.
"for under slacks control, pantie girdles and bra are suggested.  Pantie shown is advisable only for slim hipped girls.  For women with bulges, stronger support is urged."  Wouldn't want to let the muffin top loose, now would we?

"Slacks-chemise, a one piece affair which functions as bra and pantie, will not bulge under slacks.  This is the 1942 version of envelop chemise popular during the last war."
" "Blitzies" is the name of this garment which combines blouse and pantie.  Shirttail which comes around to forma a pair of brief pants also acts as an anchor, keeps shirt in place."  Of course, we have no idea how you will use the powder room, but your shirt will not come loose.

Note that there are no real embellishments here, and the Blitzie's shirt could easily go with Rosie the Riveter overalls.  This is because it was 1942, so fabric rationing was still in place.  Lace and fripperies were not allowed, so the clothing was straight up practical.

Courtesy, Life Magazine

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Men Lose Their Pants to Slack-Crazy Women

Don't you love the Rosier the Riveter looks?  Many thanks to these women for giving us freedom to choose, and the ability to walk around in the winter without freezing our legs off.

From Life Magazine, April 20, 1942.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A little something beautiful

Lucy truly was a gorgeous woman, but I think that this photo is one of my favorites ever.
From "Reminisce" magazine:  "Harry Warnecke, a photographer with the New York Daily News, created this color portrait of Lucille Ball in 1940.  Except for Sunday funnies, color was unheard of in newspapers in the 30s and 40s, but Warnecke believed that color photographs would give a paper a distinct upper hand in the newsstand.  He developed a unique one shot color camera that created dazzling images like this--shots that graced the covers of the Daily News Sunday magazine."  

Photo by Harry Warnecke, currently featured in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


There's nothing more fun than a pretty pair of boudoir slippers. Do they even make them anymore? I'm not sure. But look how cute these are, and to add to the fun, they are called "Oomphies." I'm not sure who came up with that completely sex-less name, or completely vulgar name. They are cute, no matter how mis-named they might be.
From Bride's Magazine, Winter 1948-49.

Monday, October 1, 2012


Darned if I can find a photo of it, but I was watching the Dick Van Dyke Show the other day, and I saw something rather crazy. It was The Talented Neighborhood episode, from the first season. Something about a most talented child contest, and how the neighbors wanted Rob to help their child win. Well, the neighborhood kids ended up standing next to Rob and Laura's bed, with their son Richie. It was a rather Children of the Corn sight -- parents sleeping, weird children standing there talking about them. And then Rob sat up. He was wearing what appeared to be zebra striped silk pajamas. Zebra. Striped. Silk. Pajamas. Now if that wasn't one of the most odd sights I've ever seen, then I don't know what is. I wish to heavens that I could find a screen cap of it but no........I can't even find a video clip from the episode. So if you find one, let me know and I will post it. Crazy, huh?