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Fashion

Combined Suspenders and Garters



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 30, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, Nineteenth Century

Shelter Suit

From 1939. Something casual to throw on when the air-raid signal sounds. Plus, "the wearer is safe from mustard gas, because it will stand penetration for one hour."

Wear it in a blast-resistant house and you'd have no worries.

Derby Evening Telegraph - Oct 24, 1939



New York Daily News - Oct 2, 1939



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Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 04, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, War, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #550

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 19, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Shoes, Advertising, Public Indecency, Twentieth Century

The Outre Costumes of Louise Glaum

The silent-screen star Louise Glaum had a reputation for eccentric fashions onscreen and off, as well as for odd pets.











Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 05, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Fashion, Movies, Pets, 1910s

The Acoustics of Miniskirts

October 1969: UCLA Professor Vern O. Knudsen assembled ten young women wearing miniskirts in a reverberation chamber and fired a blank cartridge from a pistol. He did this to prove his hypothesis that bare legs revealed by a miniskirt will reflect more sound than legs covered by a long skirt.

His hypothesis confirmed, he warned that miniskirt wearers might disturb the carefully engineered balance of sound in concert halls by reflecting more sound. He noted: "We must be acoustically thankful that they don't wear bikinis."

Rock Island Argus - Oct 29, 1969



Orangeburg Times and Democrat - Oct 29, 1969



Oddly enough, this wasn't the first time a scientist had warned of the acoustic danger of short skirts. Back in 1929, Colgate University Professor Donald A. Laird had issued a very similar warning: "He quoted scientific reports to prove that shortening of women's skirts has added to noise by removing some sound deadening surface."

San Bernardino County Sun - July 4, 1929



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Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 03, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Science, Experiments, 1960s, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

The right to wear a bikini while mowing the lawn

May 1966: The charges of indecent exposure, brought against 21-year-old Mary Lou Hood for mowing her lawn while wearing a bikini, were all dropped. The judge determined there was insufficient evidence of lewdness or indecent exposure to support the charges.

The case was said to be the hottest issue in the college town of Edmond, Ohlahoma "since canned beer." The judge delivered his decision to a standing-room-only crowd. The case also received widespread national media coverage even though, as Hood's lawyer noted, the case didn't actually establish a legal precedent for a right to wear a bikini while mowing the lawn.

Muncie Evening Press - May 20, 1966



Spokesman Review - May 20, 1966



Ogden Standard Examiner - May 20, 1966



Mary Lou Hood, with her husband, at the courthouse
May 20, 1966. Source.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 01, 2022 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Law, 1960s

Follies of the Madmen #545

Sleepwear for hungry insomniacs.

Several others in this series here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 28, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Food, Sleep and Dreams, Advertising, Twentieth Century

The New Eyelashes

Modern Mechanics - July 1932

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 21, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Fashion, 1930s, Eyes and Vision

Armored Shorts

According to info on quora.com, there's been a long, ongoing effort to develop armored shorts. However, soldiers inevitably find them uncomfortable, even though they appreciate the effort to protect their private parts.

Such shorts are sometimes referred to as 'tactical diapers' or 'battle nappies'.

I like the detail that the armored shorts (below) developed during the Korean War were "capable of deflecting about 65 per cent of all missiles."



Louisville Courier-Journal - Dec 11, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 20, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Military, 1950s

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