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Getting Thanksgiving out of the way EARLY. Black Friday BOOKS and EBOOKS from Vintage Sleaze the Blog

In which we alert all to Books and Ebooks (including instant PDF downloads for many...) on the Blurb Page HERE

The Great Stockings Riots of 1946! Black Friday for Black Stockings and a Vintage Hoisery Club Card

A 1946 club card for fashion hosiery. Like most objects, a little thing can tell a BIG story!  Since it happened some some seventy years ago, it is unlikely many of the followers here will recall the event.  If you do fall in the "extra mature" category of leg fans, this post will bring back nightmares.


Dupont invented nylon stockings, and introduced them to the women of the country in 1939.  We take them for granted today, but in 1939 they caused the gams and garters revolution. Smooth legs?  You betcha. They were a hit. 

A mere two years later (because Dupont was capable of making more than spicy stockings) the War Production Board forced the company to convert their entire manufacturing process to producing parachutes and rope. Dupont immediately complied and did their share for the war effort. The world was literally saved.  Women wore pants for a few years and entered the work force in droves. Good thing, or we would be speaking the same language as Shickelgruber today.

During the war, some women painted seams on their naked legs!  A black market immediately emerged…"vintage" nylons of only a year old were selling for $20 a pair. That compares to over $300 pair today.  That's right.  Some women were so desperate (or horny rich guys gifting?) that they were paying several months salary for a pair of stockings.  Fats Waller wrote a song with the lyrics "get some mesh for your flesh" and when a run occurred, it was a serious tragedy, not a mere inconvenience.  The few stockings available were repaired, not tossed.  

I have not found an example of a thief forcing a strolling female to part with hers at gunpoint…but I bet it happened.  "Your stockings or your life!"

When the war ended and Dupont was allowed to make nylons again, In  ONE DAY 4 million pairs were sold.  In one city, 40,000 women got in line (!!!) to purchase an inventory of 13,000 pairs.  Fights broke out.  Black Friday for Black Stockings!  Far worse than today's Bimbos in line at the Best Buy.  Women were literally putting their lives on the line for leg lines, and it was national.  I've found articles reporting riots all over the country. One of the worst was when an airplane dropped coupons for a free pair over Times Square.

For the good of the country, Dupont was eventually forced to allow other companies to produce their patented paired product.  A good article on the riots is HERE in the Smithsonian.

Now, to our little club card.  The Fashion Hosiery Shops company obviously grew quickly.  As you can see, they had no less than 15 locations only a year after the war ended. One even in a city called "Beaver Falls" (I couldn't resist.) The price plummeted to a reasonable 79 cents.  A good thing, as after the boys came home, there was a man shortage.  Women who had kept the manufacturing machines going had waited 4 years for Johnny to come marching home, and a baby boom was on the way.

Note the card has two punches.  This little "spread your legs" folding wallet card was also a very early loyalty program!  Purchase twenty pair, get a pair free!  The slogan "Fashion Wear hard to Tear" has a couple of little bowsers fighting over a pair. 

Thanks and a snap of the garter goes to CURLEY'S DEN of ANTIQUITIES  Need a gift?  Buy something vintage from Curley's. It will mean more to your friend than some crap from Walmart, and the shopping is more fun too.  At Curley's, you can shop in your pajamas (or stockings...)

Books and Ebooks by the author are available for purchase and free preview HERE at the Blurb Bookshop.

Bettie Page Photograph from Irving Klaw Studio

A startling and lesser-known Bettie Page photograph from the Irving Klaw studio. 

Early Paperback covers by Bill Wenzel Vintage Sleaze

Premier vintage paperback dealer Lynn Munroe has a wonderful group of early Bill Wenzel covers for Prize Love Novels listed on eBay currently.  Lynn Munroe Books is HERE and the ebay auctions are HERE.

The World's Greatest Flying Cheesecake Film

Believe me now, thank me later.  The amazing airplane scene from Flying Down to Rio.  Fred and Ginger concoct a plan to save a hotel, and boy, does it work.  You want special effects?  Skip the Hunger Games.  From 1933, when America needed something to believe in...why not believe in the scene halfway through the epic flight of gams when velocity removes the clothes! 

Eric Stanton Drawing 1957

Not shown in over 50 years, an Eric Stanton illustration published in Passion Party by Helene Wilmont 1957.  More information on the forthcoming book TIMES SQUARE SMUT

Bettie Page Pin-Up Portfolio in Bold 1956

Bold was a pocket-size pulp published by Enterprise Magazine Management in Atlanta, Georgia, but the editorial offices were in Manhattan.  They were also responsible for Tempo and Picture Week.  For the most part, disposable then and disposable now, but in 1956 they put Bettie Page on the cover and gave her a "portfolio" which meant 6 pages, and two of them a spread.

Bold Magazine April 1956  

Keep 'em Smiling Lowlights from Army & Navy Fun Parade 1944 Veteren's Day Vintage Sleaze

They saved the world, the least we could do was give them a chuckle.  Passed from hand to hand until they fell apart.  In the industry, that's known as the "pass along rate" but during wartime, it meant something from home shared until it was no longer existed.  There were a dozen World War Two digest-sized girlie gag cartoon titles.  On the cover of this one, patriotic cover girl Jinx Falkenburg does her part.  Most prominent cartoonists doing their part include Vic Herman and Bill Wenzel

Army & Navy Fun Parade 1944 Alfred Harvey Publications.  After the war, Alfred Harvey Publications became "Harvey Comics" and cut down trees as such until Dreamworks Animation purchased the Harvey parent company Classic Media in 2012.

Jane Blond The Girl From B.U.S.T.

Jane Blond, luscious, insatiable secret agent.  Blond...Jane Blond. These images ripped and cribbed from the web by an agent of S.T. R. O. K. E.  Ms. Blond's nemesis.
Books and Ebook catalog  by the author HERE.

Worst Men's Magazine Titles EVER Vintage Sleaze Number Two Salty! A Day with the Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin)

Worst Men's Magazine Titles EVER Vintage Sleaze Number Two. Too Salty!  I am afraid I have no history on this title, and the little tramp (that would be Charlie Chaplin, not the model...)is gone.
Number two in the Worst Men's Magazine Titles EVER.  Vintage Sleaze the Blog.  

Greatest Moments in Vintage Sleaze Number 29. Eve Meyer arrives at the Beach

Atlanta, Georgia born Eve Meyer, AKA Evelyn Eugene Turner, the greatest Georgia peach to take California. One of the most beautiful women of the 20th century.  She had the bad fortune to fall in love with Russ Meyer, and they drove each other crazy for the rest of their lives.  Russ fancied himself a glamor photographer as much as filmmaker, and his photos of Eve are memorable and then some. This shot of Eve arriving at the beach after Russ set up his camera was taken in 1954, and from a set he sold to Peep Show magazine. They made her their cover girl. Months later she was a Playboy Playmate.  Over the years Russ, who was known to be a bit excessive, had ups, downs and sideways with Eve.  It was a torrid and deep love, and Eve saw the talent Russ had long before anyone else.
Exasperated but loyal, she remained his greatest muse, producer and frequently his bank. In 1977, the model was tragically killed in one of the worst airplane accidents in history. It is still bad news.

See Playboy Magazine's photos of Eve Meyer HERE. Playboy is happy to provide her measurements.  Russ took their photos too.   The GREAT Russ  Meyer is HERE.   

Greatest Moments in Vintage Sleaze is a regular column here. This is Number 29. Collect them all!

Bettie Page and the Work of Rudolph Rossi Camera Club Girls now available as a PDF Download

Camera Club Girls:Bettie Page her Friends and the Work of Rudolph Rossi previously available as a hardcover and paperback is now available as a PDF Download for $8.99.  114 pages and 180 photographs.  The book tells the story of the infamous Camera Clubs of the 1950s from where Bettie Page and other models emerged through the recently discoverd work of one photographer.  Available in PDF or Print HERE on the Blurb Bookstore

Eugene Bilbrew working as BONDY illustration from Midnight Masquerade Utopian Press

Eugene Bilbrew working as BONDY illustration from Midnight Masquerade Utopian Press circa 1960. One of over a hundred illustrations by the African-American fetish artist in the new book
TIMES SQUARE SMUT from Blurb.com  Forthcoming 2014