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Mini skirts for road safety

1970: Liverpool officer Lionel Piper urged young women to wear mini skirts. In the interests of road safety. Sure, that was it... road safety!

The Hackensack Record - Jan 14, 1970



Young women in the 1970s dressed for road safety

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 26, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic, 1970s

Glue-On Sweat Diverter

Rosecroft Components recently (Dec 2019) was granted a patent for a glue-on "sweat diverter". From their patent:

When undertaking an activity causing sweating, a person can suffer from the effects of sweat dripping into his eyes. Many devices have been developed to address this problem, such as absorbent sweatbands. Such devices fail to prevent sweat from reaching the eyes once they become saturated, and must be dried or wrung out in order to restore their effectiveness...
Described herein are sweat-diverting devices which may be affixed to a wearer by an adhesive, such as a pressure-sensitive adhesive...
A sweat-diverting device may be reusable, with an adhesive reapplied for each wearing, or may be single use and disposable, with the adhesive integrated with the device during manufacturing.







Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 25, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Inventions, Body Fluids

The Duchess of Windsor’s Trench Mittens

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, is best known as the woman for whom King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, so he could marry her. But she was also an inventor, though not a very prolific one. In 1940, she invented "trench mittens" that could be unzipped to allow a soldier to use his trigger finger.

The Whitewright Sun - Feb 8, 1940



The backstory is that the Duke and Duchess were widely suspected to be Nazi sympathizers. Nevertheless, at the start of the war they were trying to make a public display of how patriotic they were. The Duke pushed to get a position in the army. And the Duchess used her fashion skills to invent "trench mittens".

But by the end of 1940, the British military had decided they were too much of a liability to keep around, so they were shipped off to the Bahamas for the duration of the war.

Winnipeg Tribune - Apr 6, 1940



The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 25, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Royalty, War, 1940s

Eco-washed organic denim with grass stains

Gucci is selling an "Eco washed organic denim overall" that comes with a "stained-like, distressed effect." AKA fake grass stains. Yours for only $1400.



Or you could get this Orange Tartan Cotton Long Smock Shirt. Only $2600!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 24, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Denim, Overpriced Merchandise

Twiggy Sings

A second career of which I myself knew nothing.





Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 24, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1960s, 1970s

Accidental Prophets

From 1966.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 31, 2020 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Technology, Telephones, Zeitgeist, Advertising, Anomie, Exhaustion, and General Malaise

Corn Vest

Rick Atkinson, Jr. of Canton, Georgia recently received a patent for a vest designed to hold "bulk product," such as corn. The corn goes in pockets at the top of the vest, and can then be dispensed from pockets at the bottom.



Atkinson explains that he designed the vest for hunters who "may carry corn, soybeans, grains, and/or other bulk products to attract deer, hogs, turkey, bear, and/or other wild game." Instead of carrying large bags of corn around, they can simply wear the corn and dispense it as they walk around.

I imagine this could also be useful for feeding pigeons in the park.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 23, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Food, Inventions

The Fashion Predictions of B.H. Myerson

If he had said the 1980s instead of the 50s, he wouldn't have been that far off.

Akron Beacon Journal - Jan 27, 1931



Saint Joseph Herald-Press - Feb 2, 1931

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 15, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, 1930s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Square Pants

Patented in 1970 by Harold Koenig of Miami, Florida.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 05, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, 1970s

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