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Crazy Legs: 1958

Crazy Legs: 1958

May 1958. "Actress Mary Ure wearing silver lamé, thigh-high leg covering with attached heels." The record is Norgine Laboratories' 78 rpm pressing of Marin Marais's "Tableau of a Bladder Operation." Color transparency from the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only: Crazy With the Heat." View full size.

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Fancy Footwork

If you look at the model's left foot, you can see the heel of her shoe, but you can't see the shoe itself. I would guess her shoes are clear (Perspex, maybe?) to show off the stockings, but you can't see any reflection on her feet from the flash.

[The stockings seem to go over (or are integral with) the shoes. - Dave]

Late to the party

A 78 record in 1964? LP's were in use for quite a few years by then, I wonder how many they sold.

[This was a promotional freebie given away by a drug company. - Dave]

Hard to believe

It's actually not an LP, the term used for a 33-1/3rpm disc, but a 78rpm disc. Nevertheless, the content is an actual French composition of the late 17C. Its name is "Tableau de l'Opération de la Taille" and it was intended to depict the removal of a bladder stone. It may be enjoyed (painlessly) here.

I wish my record collection gave me this much pleasure.

Excellent choice in music

One of my favorite dance tunes, I prefer the foxtrot to the inspiring melody.

Dig Those Hep Beats

Those cool cats at Norgine should have gotten more airtime with "A Representative's Visit" on the flip side—which hooks you with a near six minute riff starting with a gastrointestinal secretion motility introduction, and moves to its treatment with purgatives based on "bland vegetable mucins presented in pleasantly flavored granules." Then there's a change of tempo as they swing into an interlude of achlorhydria, then wrap up the set with digestive enzyme deficiency—with mucoviscidosis serving as a bridge before "gradual decline of pancreatic secretion with increasing age." A recapitulation, then the fadeout. London swings, baby. I just have to score the British 45rpm version:

N1 N2

Not pulling our legs

The LP really exists

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