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This would not go over well today

Interesting historical photos post over at Retronaut. Hard to imagine this being acceptable today.

“I?ve been the owner of these swimsuits since 1950. It was a fashion show held by the manufacturer in their showroom in Manhattan to present their new line, entitled ?the autograph suit.? It could be drawn on or signed and would not erase in the water.?

Community Comments

#1 Will Wilson
@ 4:16 pm

This is my illusions of what might happen when I go to a Comic Convention

#2 Joe Engesser
@ 4:44 pm

I’m hoping for a Lio on my long johns.

#3 Jules Rivera
@ 6:05 pm

In the age of neo-burlesque, paint-on bikinis, and models-as-sushi-plates, why wouldn’t this go over well today? Maybe I’m just jaded, but this doesn’t look all that bad to me.

The only reason I don’t see this working today is that modern bikinis don’t offer that much surface area to work with. You’d probably just have to paint on the model herself (or himself; I’m all about egalitarianism).

#4 Rich Diesslin
@ 8:37 pm

Yep, I agree – I see comic con all over this.

#5 Eric Burke
@ 6:30 am

Hard to autograph a thong though haha

#6 David Jones
@ 8:12 am

Eric, I would love to give it the old college try… had I gone to college… Get a girl in a thong and I’ll give it the old “Trade School Try”….

#7 Antoine Gagnon
@ 9:00 am

I’m with Jules Rivera here.

I wonder why it wouldn’t go over well?

Actually, it may have not go too well back then, the women had probably no choice in doing it.

Today, if a woman wants to have something drawn on her body, it’s kinda of her choice.

Hey, I’m available anytime girls!

#8 John Read
@ 11:22 am

I have a baseball cap with a Nancy drawn by Guy Gilchrist on its bill. Just sayin’.

#9 Rich Diesslin
@ 11:59 am

John, please don’t tell us that’s all you were wearing when he drew it.

#10 Terry LaBan
@ 2:04 pm

It’d go over pretty well with me. The NCS really knew how to throw a party back then.

#11 Phil Judd
@ 2:37 pm

I can imagine this being all the rage nowdays…with what people wear (Lady Gaga) this is as tame as anything going…but I agree with some of the others there wouldn’t be anywhere as much material in anything made today…

#12 Frank Pauer
@ 3:00 pm

What — no one else has been in a bar and observed a VERY FAMOUS cartoonist draw little Jeffy on a woman’s body (sans swimsuit, though otherwise attired nonetheless)?

#13 Dave Stephens
@ 6:21 pm

If this was America, not Saudi Arabia, in the ’50s, then the women had plenty of choice – they weren’t living in bondage and these women on America in the ’50s had vastly more freedom than most of the rest of the world… Not that women weren’t repressed on multiple levels nor could women sue their employer for sexual harassment, but they could leave their job and get another same as anybody in the USA…

#14 Keith Knight
@ 8:23 pm

I would respectfully disagree that it would not go over well today:

#15 Gerry Mooney
@ 7:53 am

Right, the only difference today is that they wouldn’t be drawing on her clothing, they’d be drawing on her skin.

#16 Kassie Schwan
@ 9:25 am

These comments! I see no female has piped up, so here’s my take: these type of jolly photos are a wonderful record of what a hermetically-sealed boys’ club cartooning was until just a couple of decades ago. Whenever I see old programs from NCS gatherings, etc, it almost makes me choke. I’m thrilled that things are very different now.

#17 Carl Moore
@ 6:20 pm

Wasn’t it Lady Gaga who showed up somewhere in a dress made of meat? You’d have to use a branding iron to draw on that sucker. “Fifty Shades of Sirloin” anyone?

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