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A Close Shave: 1958

A Close Shave: 1958

New Zealand circa 1958. "Men's underwear being modeled, photographed by K.E. Niven & Co. of Wellington." Alexander Turnbull Library negative. View full size.


Philips/Norelco 7748

The type shown is a Philishave "two-head-egg-type" 7748, in the U.S. sold as the Norelco Electric Shaver 7748, the "Norelco Doubleheader". I suppose in New Zealand they were sold under the name Philips/Norelco.

Waist line

Up to rib cage, really?

Anatomical detail

For a nation most Americans would assume to be rather staid and proper, New Zealand seems -- at least as revealed thus far on Shorpy -- to be accustomed to presenting rather more detail as to what lies beneath in its photos for underwear ads. Supposing this photo to be for a catalogue, one wonders if some judicious retouching might be expected en route to the final product.

The shaver-

Wish he was posing holding it somewhere else, say, near his face.

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