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The True History of Hot Pants

I rely on Wikipedia quite a bit, and get upset when I discover an error. I have done so in their entry on Hot Pants.

Wikipedia attributes the invention of Hot Pants--which they specifically equate with "short shorts"--to UK designer Mary Quant. What a slur on American ingenuity!

You can see below the use of the term and the style in a 1950 issue of Life magazine.

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Original 1950 article here.

And again, in a 1956 issue.

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Plainly, Wikipedia is in grave error on this important scholarly matter.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Public Indecency, 1950's, Butt

Gaytime Raspberry Roughs



Alas, in this less-innocent year of 2015, anyone soliciting a "gaytime raspberry rough" and expecting an ice cream treat is likely to get something different than they anticipated.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 17, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Public Indecency, 1960's, Double Entendres and Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink

Dolphina at Bimbo’s 365 Club

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Bimbo's 365 Club is still an active music venue in San Francisco. But, according to news on their own website, they seem to have abandoned a long proud tradition: Dolphina, the miniature live nude woman who swims in a fishbowl with goldfish.

How was this illusion achieved? When Dolphina was profiled in the NY TIMES in 2011, we learned:

IT’S AN ILLUSION A catacomb of tunnels in the bowels of the club leads to a small room containing a rotating platform on which the live “mermaid” reclines, naked. A periscope with angled mirrors projects her image up into the fishbowl where it appears that a tiny mermaid, about six inches long, is floating in an underwater grotto.

One at least hopes that the statue to an ideal Dolphina, erected in 1952 inside the club, still has a place of honor.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 02, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Entertainment, Public Indecency, Fish, 1950's

The Strange Ones

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 01, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Scary Criminals, Public Indecency, Children, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #229

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Upskirt photography: one of advertising's less-utilized tools.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Shoes, Public Indecency, 1960's

G. G.‘s Barnum Room

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Every hepcat knows the name of the Peppermint Lounge, famed in 1960s lore. But not as many folks recall that the same space was transformed in the 1970s into the Barnum Room, the only club with transvestite trapeze artists above the dancers.

Read a period essay about the club here.

See fantabulous fotos here.

French Tree-climbing Fad

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Original story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Fads, Nature, Public Indecency, 1940's, Europe

Sheboygan Brat Days





August is practically here! Don't forget to head to beautiful Sheboygan for their annual Brat Days celebration. The first video tells the schedule for two years ago, but I can't imagine it will be too different in 2013, although on the other hand, it's their big 60th anniversary!

Plus, as you can see in the second video, they even feature sexy pole dancing!


Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 19, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Food, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Public Indecency, Dance

Girl in the Hot Pants



Learn more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 11, 2012 | Comments (13)
Category: Fashion, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1970's, Butt
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