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Dolphina at Bimbo’s 365 Club


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.


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


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


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

Spokesbeings Gone Wild

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Once upon a time, the Schenley Whiskey Rooster was mild and refined.

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Then he turned into some kind of manic, drunken, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride hype machine.

Can readers name any other product mascot that went through a similar transformation over the years?

I'll start with the White Rock Girl, who, by the time the ad below appeared, had gone from Walden-Pond-style meditation to picking up strange men in trains.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 09, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Public Indecency, 1940's

Hollywood Wolf Whistle


Original ad here. (Scroll down.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 26, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Public Indecency, 1940's
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