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Having a Fit: 1949

Having a Fit: 1949

1949. "Sue Hughes, a traveling lingerie sales representative for the Formfit Company of Chicago, with store model checking fit." From photos by Stanley Kubrick and Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Traveling Saleswoman U.S.A." View full size.

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Lift and Separate

Too much of a separation. Not everyone is built that way. And those straps are going to cut deeply into her sholders.

More, please

I would love to see more from this series.


The 1951 Cadillac.

Is it Only Me?

or does the model look just a little bit like Barbara Stanwyck in profile?

[It's not just you. -tterrace]


Appears that guy on the right is "checking the fit" pretty intently, too.

Keep Checking

That undergarment fits her well in the waist and hips, but the cups are too big for her bust size. You can see how the one on the left is loose and almost "caved in." That's the tricky part of all-in-one lingerie.

Women's Foundations

One year later, at age 16, I got a summer job at Joslins Dry Goods Store in Denver. I got a lot of ribbing from my friends because one of my jobs was stock boy for the Women's Foundations Department. I learned a lot more than I needed to know about the subject. Things improved the next summer when I worked in the warehouse.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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