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Project Uplift

1967: Eighty freshmen at Harvey Mudd College proposed that, as their engineering project, they undertake the design of a better brassiere. They named their proposal 'Project Uplift.'

The students who made this proposal were, somewhat obviously, almost entirely male. As far as I can tell, Harvey Mudd was coed at the time (1967), but was mostly male.



Los Angeles Times - Mar 23, 1967

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 22, 2023 - Comments (3)
Category: Engineering and Construction, Underwear, 1960s

Surveillance Underwear

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently announced that it's launching a program to develop "durable, ready-to-wear clothing that can record audio, video, and geolocation data." This will include underwear.

The surveillance clothing will aim to be "stretchable, bendable, comfortable, and washable like regular clothing."

I'd like to see James Bond wearing surveillance underwear in his next movie.

More info: The Intercept; IARPA's press release

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 16, 2023 - Comments (5)
Category: Spies and Intelligence Services, Underwear

Stained-Glass Bra

Would one wear this to church?

Jackson Sun - Jun 27, 1969



Indianapolis Star - July 1, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Sat Sep 02, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Underwear, 1960s

Sound-Activated Lingerie

The clapper, adapted for underwear. From the patent:

Lingerie, such as bras which are worn by females, have a fastening mechanism, such as a hook-type fastener, which is difficult to open, especially for the male counterpart. A bra according to the present invention could be made using a signal-activated fastener such that the female's boyfriend or husband could clap his hand and the bra would automatically open.



Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 20, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Patents, Underwear

The Cardrona Bra Fence

The Wikipedia page.

The Cardrona Bra Fence is a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, in New Zealand.[1] At some point between 1998 and 1999, passers-by began to attach bras to a rural fence. The fence gradually became a well known site as the number of bras grew to hundreds. The fence is located on a public road reserve, adjacent to farm property in the Cardrona Valley area southwest of Wanaka, near to Cardrona. Despite its popularity, there has been disagreement over the value of the attraction. The bra fence stands next to the Cardrona Distillery.


DAILY MAIL article.



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 16, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Statues, Monuments and Memorials, Public Indecency, Underwear, South Pacific

Mammiform and Protector

In 1864, Eleanor Marshall was granted Patent No. 43,321 for her "mammiform breast-protectors." From her patent:

Be it known that I, E.M. Marshall, of Hillsdale, Columbia county, in the State of New York, have invented, made, and applied to use a new and improved article for ladies' wear, which I term a "Mammiform and Protector"...

My improved mammiform and protector is formed of wire wound upon these formers, forming two springs, AA, connected together as shown, and being as similar as possible to the natural breasts. These springs AA may be separated and used singly when desired...

My improved mammiform and protector, being thus constructed, will be found to possess the following advantages: light, flexible, and covering the natural breasts without depressing them, and serving to protect them, and yet the springs of my mammiform and protector may be pressed together or onto the natural breasts, or in any other direction, and when relieved from such pressure resume their natural position and save the wearer the relaxing and debilitating effects of pads, answering all the purposes of a protector, and always presenting a natural appearance.

With springs like that, if a woman accidentally fell forward she'd bounce right back up.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 29, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Patents, Underwear, Nineteenth Century

Magic Oval Panties

The Magic Oval Pantie lady had no qualms about parading around in public in her underwear and evening gloves, while her alter ego frantically tried to save herself from a wedgie.

Charm - Apr 1957



Cosmopolitan - March 1957



Life - Sep 16, 1957



Life - Sep 9, 1957



Photoplay - March 1957



Mademoiselle - March 1957

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 26, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Underwear, 1950s

Contraceptive Underwear

"Le Boulocho" underwear claims to offer an all-natural form of contraception for men. It holds the testes close to the body, thereby raising their temperature and causing temporary sterility. However, it needs to be worn for 15 hours a day to reliably produce this result. And those should be waking hours, not sleeping ones.

Also, the underwear is not yet for sale, pending ongoing testing.

More info: boulocho.free.fr (in French), Thermal Male Contraception



Back in the 1970s, some researchers compared the spermatozoa of humans to that of the other great apes and found that humans tend to have a much higher percentage of abnormal (and presumably defective) spermatozoa. For instance, 18.4% of the human spermatozoa was irregularly shaped, compared to just 0.2% for chimpanzees. The researchers suggested that "testicular damage caused by clothing-induced hyperthermia" was one possible explanation for this high percentage. So arguably all underwear and pants may be slightly contraceptive.

Reference: "Morphological abnormalities in spermatozoa of man and great apes," Nature - Nov 1977.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 14, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Underwear

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