I am a lover of 50s Kitsch, Old Hollywood Glamour, Vintage Sleaze, Vintage Cheesecake, Pin ups, Atomic Era style, fashion and design. About half of the images I post BELONG TO ME via the plethora of vintage magazines I own and a rickety old scanner on it's last legs, the other half DO NOT BELONG TO ME and are images I have found all over the net. I will make EVERY EFFORT to attribute an image that I post to it's proper owner. 95 percent of what I post are images from the 1950s and 60s, 4 percent are from earlier on and the remaining 1 percent can be anything that happens to float my boat at the moment. I Do post semi nude and nude images and what I consider to be "soft" fetish stuff mostly by Irving Klaw. I have had one or two requests asking me not to post those images. I have decided that I will continue to do so. I might add that I will NEVER post an image that I find to be HARD CORE, DISGUSTING, SHOCKING OR FRIGHTENING, there are more than enough of those images around already. Please enjoy your stay! Oh and, by the way...the search button on this blog actually WORKS!
Fashion in 1942
The War Production Board (WPB) was established in 1942 as a government agency to regulate the production of materials and fuel during WWII in the United States. In a sweeping order affecting all women’s and girls’ outer wearing apparel, the WPB decreed to what lengths and widths dresses, skirts, coats, suits, sleeves, belts and hems might go. Categories exempt from the restrictions were infants apparel (age 1 to 4 yrs), bridal Gowns, maternity Dresses, vestments for religious orders and burial gowns.
Original illustration for department store ad c.mid 1950s-early 1960s
Lucille Staughton artist
edited by 1950sunlimited
Clothing Fads, “Suse” Sweaters- 1940s-1950s
Hollywood stars like them for their distracting, zany designs.
“Six years ago, Susan Dannenburg, who liked sweaters but did not have a sweater figure, knitted one for herself while waiting for a broken leg to mend. She decorated them with bleeding hearts, poodles, pink elephants and flowers with the idea of drawing attention to the sweater and not the shape of the wearer. The Scheme worked so well that she knitted some for her friends and even began selling a few. Some of her best customers were Hollywood women, Barbara Stanwyck, “Slim” Hawks, Esther Williams and Jennifer Jones. By Now, “Suse” Sweaters (pronounced “Suzy”) are sold all over the country. They are handmade by 20 knitters and 3 girls who do nothing but cut out zany appliques all day. Some are further decorated by splashy fake jewels and beads. The effect is extravagant and so is the price: $50 to $70 “
Suse Sweaters were still quite popular throughout the 1950s as well and lovers of vintage wear still seek them out today!
Teen Fads, 1948
“Striped socks are worn by all the members of a girl’s club at the Austin High School in Chicago. They are regulation football stockings which the girls have wheedled away from Austin players. The girls think they are wonderful but the boys dislike them. They say the girls legs look like Barber Poles.”