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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Good Vibrations: 1926

Good Vibrations: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Dancers -- chorus girl using electric massage vibrator." Well, um, okay. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ha, wow!

That's a lot of lovely exposure compared to the bathing fashions of just a few years earlier.

OMG

Those shoes are to die for!

Nice gams

but what caught my eye was feeling sorry for the poor guy who had to paint those squigglies on the steps, oh, and bzzzzzzzzzzzz.

The Best Years of Our Lives

The downward angle of those eyes, nose and mouth has her resembling the beautiful actress Myrna Loy. The fleshy bottoms of her fingers are strange for a young person though.

[Enough about fleshy bottoms. - Dave]

My legs

would be hurting, too, if I had to dance in heels like that, probably three shows a day, six days a week.

Otherwise, the massage vibrator has done a great job on this young lady's legs.

 
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