Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Gams a Girl Can Dream About, vintage photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 05, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment
Tags: leg fetish, lesbian interest, stockings and heels, vintage photo

Is that the biggest Barbie Doll in the world or what? I suspect it's "or what" but I don't know what what is. Any ideas, oh brave readers?

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Columns for some kind of show, it would seem. Given the era (which I would suspect to be right after WW2, with the emphasis on nylons, which were in short supply in the 40s), I'm betting the thing behind them is a fashion runway.

That's one helluva a bachelor party cake!

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | April 5, 2010 4:06 PM

Don't hold me to it, because I was only 8 years old at the time, but I think it's a picture of a young and rather petite novice checking out her somewhat larger Mother Superior after the Order was among the very first to abandon the traditional nun's habit sometime after VJ Day in 1944.

Any of my contemporaries have a different memory here?

Seams? Definitely WWII era. Probably a fashion tie-in with the most famous "gams" of the era, those belonging to Betty Grable.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 5, 2010 10:28 PM

Pre or post WWII. The nylon went into parachutes. Women "penciled on" seams on the backs of their legs during the war.

This was the New York Garment Show 1946 or shortly after. Note the normal sized legs wall mounted lower left for the department store buyers of the era.

Not that I know anything, was not there and was before my time, but I did spend 30 years selling to department stores. Huge oversize displays of this type are still used at Housewares shows. Now that everyone in fashion has to be a size "0" this would not fly.

Doug Rankin | April 6, 2010 9:19 AM

Just returned from a quick trip to Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam and I am struck by the similarity between this vintage photo and the display in the Pavilion celebrating Russian Ballet to highlight this year's Keukenhof theme "From Russia With Love". Well, of course, the Keukenhof mannekin wears leotards and ballet slippers rather than stockings and high heels, but the pose is identical.