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Drive the girls wild, like Jethro Tull

Billboard - May 23, 1970



You say you’re not making it with the local lovlies? That when you make Paul McCartney eyes at alluring little honeys in violet hip-huggers they respond by frowning and suggesting, “Jerk off, loser”? That even the offer of a seat next to you at a Led Zeppelin concert is insufficient inducement for a far-out nubie to spend part of the evening with you?

Then, fella, whatchoo need is a SUPER-OUTTA-SIGHT-JETHRO-TULL-T-SHIRT of the sort worn by the fullest-handed rakes everywhere.

These eye-catching sartorial groovies, which are guaranteed to reduce even the haughtiest of lovlies to a mound of hot pulsating flesh, are a divine shade of yellow designed to to flatter even the swarthiest of complexion, are the three-buttons-at-the-neck style recently made all the rage by your sharper English groups.


Dangerous Minds speculates that this must have been a joke ad to promote Jethro Tull's 1970 album Benefit.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 07, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Music, Advertising

Vasectomy Ties

Britain's first vasectomy tie was designed by David Shaw, a Leeds rugby player and father of two children, after he had had a vasectomy. His wife, Jean, says that the tie boosts the confidence of men who have had vasectomies.

Vasectomy ties, however, can be abused. Unscrupulous men—who have not had vasectomies—are reputed to have lured unsuspecting girls into bed by sporting the ties. The success of these men can depend upon the design they wear.

A sober tie has greater credibility than one which bears the abbreviation I.O.F.B. ("I only fire blanks").




Chicago Tribune - Jan 13, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 27, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Birth Control , 1970s

Peekaboo Mask and Triffids

Continuing with the theme of odd masks...

London designer Hugh Skillen created this unusual "peekaboo" mask in 1952.

He later went on to design the man-eating plants in the 1963 horror movie The Day of the Triffids.

Newsweek - Jan 5, 1953



Janette Scott being attacked by a triffid — via IMDb.com





Update: I tried to track down more info about Hugh Skillen and have concluded there's some confusion about his biography. Seems there were two Hugh Skillens who both lived in London at around the same time.

There was a Hugh Skillen who was a military officer who helped to develop the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during World War II, and then later worked as a schoolmaster at Harrow County School for Boys. More info about him here.

And then there was the Hugh Skillen who was a costumier, designing costumes for theater productions in London and occasionally working on movies such as The Day of the Triffids.

I don't think these two Hugh Skillens were the same, but IMDb lists the birth/death of the costumier as being the same as the military officer: Aug 22, 1915 to Jan 4, 2004. I'm betting the info is only correct for the military officer.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 17, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Special Effects, 1950s

Freckle-Proof Sun Mask

Another addition to our collection of weird masks.

Note that this sun mask came with a "breather" tube.

Phildelphia Inquirer - Jan 21, 1940



Pittsburgh Press - Feb 25, 1940



Cassville Republican - Jan 18, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1940s

Mystery Man Mask

Ads for this "Mystery Man Mask" ran in various monster-themed magazines, such as Spacemen, during the early 1960s.

It made me think of some of the other creepy masks we've posted about in the past. (see below)

via The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks



Other masks previously featured on WU:

Ski masks for chilly cheeks



Styling on the slopes



Identity-preserving balaclava

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1960s

Chastity belt maker fights taxation

What I find most interesting is not the tax issue, but the claimed alternative uses of the chastity belts—as holders for flower pots and ice buckets. Also, "A spokesman for the firm said that Prince Charles bought two belts last year to use as toilet roll holders."

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - June 19, 1969



Melbourne Age - June 29, 1974



image source: afr.com

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 08, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Sex Toys, 1960s

Denim Waist Belt

Available for $405 from net-a-porter.com:

Designed to appear like it's been sliced from the top of your favorite jeans, this faded blue version has frayed edges and exposed pockets. It looks even cooler with a slim leather strap over the top.

It not only appears like it's been sliced from the top of old jeans, I'd say it has been.


Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 05, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Denim

Glove for Handshaking

Invented by Anthony Monde in 1975, a steel-ribbed glove “for the protection of politicians and others who do a lot of handshaking.”

York Daily Record - July 16, 1975



The Shreveport Times - Oct 12, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 19, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, 1970s

Conversation Hose

Sending messages via hosiery.

This was like the 1910's equivalent of social media.

Harrisburg Telegraph - Feb 19, 1916

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 18, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1910s

SWEAT-T

In 1980, Danya Padilla of Montclair, New Jersey came out with the "SWEAT-T." It was a grey t-shirt with artificial sweat marks under the arms and down the front and back, designed for people who hated exercise but wanted to look like jocks anyway.

I haven't been able to find any pictures of an actual SWEAT-T, but the picture below is what I imagine it must have looked like.

Shrewsbury Sunday Register - July 6, 1980



Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 12, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1980s

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