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Rhythm is gonna get you.

1948 magazine ad for Rhythm Lingerie
1948 magazine ad for Rhythm Lingerie

Slip into something a little more comfortable.

Enjoy a brief history of nylon from Mental Floss.

Enjoy a less-brief history of nylon from Science History Institute.

A little bit and a little bit more on “artist of the stars” Bradshaw Crandell.

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If a frock has pockets, are the pockets called frockets?

1948 magazine ad for Country Club
1948 magazine ad for Country Club

Yes, yes they are, because I said so.

I believe this ad also promoted the horror movie, “Attack of the 50 Foot Magic-Plaid-Wearing Woman”.

In 1948, this company made dresses available in sizes 10 to 18. Did you know that dress sizes have changed dramatically over the years?

$6 in 1948 is equal to $65.89 in 2020.

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I beg your pardon. I never promised you a Weingarten.

Magazine ad for WB Erect Form Corsets from around 1901, I think.
Magazine ad for WB Erect Form Corsets from around 1901, I think.

Uhhuhuhuhuhuhuh… “Erect” Uhhuhuhuhuhuhuh…

“…the implement of detestable coquetry which not only betrays a frivolous bent but forecasts the decline of humanity.” – Napoleon Bonaparte on corsets

Would you like to know more about corsets?

Of corset you would! Here ya go! This too. And how about this?

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The Little Girl is Right

Magazine ad for Hart Schaffner & Marx - late 40s/early 50s
Guess who forgot to write the month/year/mag again? Umm… I was originally thinking probably late-40s, maybe early-50s. But she appears to be using some sort of Dictaphone or Ediphone, which would place it in the 1920s or earlier. Unless their boss never upgraded the office equipment, which is also entirely plausible. The shirt collar and necktie kind of have that Roaring Twenties look though. I’m talking to myself again, aren’t I. Yes, Clay, you are.

This ad must’ve taken place before they invented personal zones.

A bit about the artist Jay Hyde Barnum.

Hey! The company is still around!

A guide to wearing wool in the summer.

And speaking of wool, meet Shrek, the sheep who escaped shearing for six years by hiding in New Zealand caves.

Or perhaps you would prefer a wood suit?

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A decade before Brooke Shields said — “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” — there was this.

1971 ad for Landlupper
From the December 1971 issue of Evergreen Review

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, Landlubber was “THE cool jeans to wear” in the 1970s.

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Just because you look like a serial killer doesn’t mean you can’t look snazzy too!

andrew pallack X line ad
from an August, 1964 issue of Gent magazine

Fun Fact: This ad came out a month before the first episode of The Addams Family on TV. 

Another Fun Fact: Gent magazine was once subtitled “Home of the D-Cups.”

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Some ads are easier to Mach than others.

Arrow Mach II
From the May, 1970 issue of Car and Driver magazine

Dude totally can’t believe they stuck him in a room with a stupid gramophone.

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Gadzooks! Post-Victorian Fashion!

“Hey! Same outfit!”

A huge Fall and Winter 1902/1903 catalog for Chicago’s Tailor-Made Clothing Co. filled with — so this is where that phrase comes from — fashion plates!

I learned something!

(See tape dispenser for scale. I won this at an auction but still haven’t figured out how to store it because it’s too wide for my plastic bins.)

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McCall’s was gorgeous in 1946.

Once one of The Seven Sisters, McCall’s, along with Ladies’ Home Journal, is sadly no more.

When you’re not quite sure if that’s a real Burberry ad or a parody Burberry ad.