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Hodges, James & Smith

In 1973 they signed a recording contract with 20th Century Fox Records. Their first album, "Incredible" ...was not! The only thing incredible about it was the speed it reached cut-out bins at discount record stores.... Another 20th Century album "Power In Your Love," disappeared so fast that most people can't recall its release.

I suspect part of the reason for their lack of success was a constant series of chest colds from being undressed in the studio all the time.


Their story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 25, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Music, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, 1970's, Breasts

Gesaffelstein:  Pursuit

Gesaffelstein - Pursuit (official video) from Parlophone France on Vimeo.

If anyone can derive a coherent narrative from this series of images, I'd like to hear it.

Note: some few seconds of naked femaleness occur.

The musician's Wikipedia entry.

Emergency Bra Construction

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 06, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Underwear, 1920's, Breasts

Follies of the Madmen #214


"Beautiful bras, artfully designed to uphold the loveliness of little girls, just starting their ABCs."

Wha--? Don't you learn your ABCs in kindergarten or earlier? That's a little early even for "training bras," I think.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 24, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Children, Underwear, 1950's, Breasts

Jeanne Mordoj

How sad I am to have missed Jeanne Mordoj in her recent New York performance, which THE NEW YORK TIMES describes thus:

At the start of her solo Ms. Mordoj stood at the back of the stage in near darkness. Holding a briefcase under her chin and dressed in a jacket, skirt and heels, she began to vocalize softly and then with increasing strength. Performing on a runwaylike strip of the stage that extended to the audience, Ms. Mordoj, her eyes bulging, stuffed an egg into her mouth — and then another and another, all the while grimacing, but keeping them down. Or so it appeared; she knows a thing or two about illusion.

As if her skin were shedding, crushed eggshells dropped to the floor. Eventually, she removed her jacket and attached two falsies to her bra while contracting and distending her belly, a feat both grotesque and stunning. At a certain point, she stopped trying to be funny — another relief — and slowly lowered herself to the floor. Bits of shells stuck to her face and chest, transforming her clown face into a spooky ritualist mask. The metamorphosis worked its magic: Ms. Mordoj held us captive.

Growing Up Skipper

Skipper was a doll made by Mattel. "Growing Up Skipper" was one version of this doll, with a twist. From wikipedia:

In 1975 Growing Up Skipper was released. The gimmick of the doll, which led to much controversy in the newspapers, was that if Skipper's arm was rotated, the doll would become an inch taller and small breasts would appear on her rubber torso.

If you want to buy one, Growing Up Skipper dolls are available on eBay. Prices range from $8 to $135.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 06, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, 1970's, Breasts

Mommy Milk Pendants

This woman has perfected a process to plasticize breast milk and enclose it in "pendants, special keepsakes, and more." You're probably thinking, "but surely the milk will discolor, turn yellow or spotty." This may happen to other breast-milk pendants, but not hers. She guarantees it!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Apr 13, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Jewelry, Body Fluids, Breasts

Bicycle Purple Deck

Give your poker opponents splitting headaches, and win big!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 21, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Games, Psychedelic, Breasts

Take off the fat where it shows

An ad in the News and Courier, July 10, 1910. Nowadays many women pay quite a bit of money to add fat where it's showing most conspicuously on the woman shown.

The product being hawked was Marmola, whose history is described over at The main ingredient was dessicated thryoid (on the theory that obesity is caused by an under-active thyroid) and various laxatives. The federal government eventually banned the sale of Marmola, insisting that it was useless and potentially dangerous. But this only happened in the 1940s, because the maker of Marmola kept managing to win the court cases brought against it in the 20s and 30s.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 12, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Medicine, Advertising, 1910's, Breasts

Sucking the King’s Nipple

About ten years ago several ancient, mummified bodies were found in an Irish peat bog. An unusual detail of the bodies was that their nipples had been pinched and cut off. This led the archaeologist Eamonn Kelly to speculate that the bodies were those of failed kings. He explains:

I believe these men were failed kings or failed candidates for kingship who were killed and placed in bogs that formed important tribal boundaries.. Sucking a king’s nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland. Cutting them would have made him incapable of kingship.

According to the Celt Eros blog, homosocial nipple sucking was widely practiced in ancient Pagan Ireland. It was called "sughaim sine."

This typically male act stood for many things in the pagan culture of the times. In one aspect, it was used as a way to pledge loyalty, devotion and submission for a king. Among common men, it was an expression of friendship, greeting, reconciliation, affection, fealty, protection and not surprisingly, as some sources suggest, sexual stimulation and pleasure.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Nov 07, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Customs, Rituals and Superstitions, Breasts
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