Beautiful Bodies by Chambers

The Washington DC mortuary of W.W. Chambers caused a scandal when it issued a calendar for 1948 featuring scantily-clad models to advertise its embalming business. Tagline: Beautiful Bodies by Chambers.

Time magazine (Jan 12, 1948) criticized it as "frank vulgarity." Although that didn't stop them from reprinting a page of the calendar (below) for the benefit of its readers.

You can read an obituary of Chambers himself here. He died in 1954 and was quite a character.

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 24, 2015
     Category: Death | 1940s

Asses to ashes, dugs to dust.
Posted by BMN on 08/24/15 at 08:12 AM
Sex is used to sell everything. I don't see the problem unless he was using the more attractive deceased 'customers' as the calendar models.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/24/15 at 08:31 AM
Getting stiff over a stiff is undertaken only by a necrophiliac.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/24/15 at 09:37 AM
Right on Patty, it's a great way to get attention.
Posted by Gator Guy on 08/24/15 at 09:37 AM
Can't argue with that seeing as 67 years later its still getting play.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/24/15 at 09:59 AM
Btw that calendar was reusable in 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008. It will be again in 2020.(every 12 years it repeats) Oh, and by now I'd say most if not all the model are dead.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/24/15 at 10:04 AM
The 2000 calendar is reusable on a 28 year cycle. Leap century and all that.
Posted by BMN on 08/24/15 at 10:27 AM
We used to get calendars of that type at the auto parts warehouse all the time.
Posted by KDP on 08/24/15 at 03:52 PM
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