FRIDAY'S FRAGMENTS prompt me to remember these torture devices
Do you remember them? Most were completely rubber and everyone who was female and over the age of 15 wore them. Yep it plainly didn't matter if you were skinny as a rail you still wore a GIRDLE. And those little snappers ... well there were two on each leg and they were to snap onto and hold these up
And of course we wore a brassiere, the very sturdy, no-nonsense white cotton ones with about 6 snaps at the back and designed to show no clevage and no padding back then, but of course the cups were always a bit too roomy so what was a girl to do? Well duh..of course she raided her little brother's underwear drawer for a nice pair of white crew socks and folded them ever so carefully and inserted into the cup for a nice pointy pair of boobies! The envy of all 12 year olds and then before putting on your outer garments you had to put one of these on and of course we had several colors
After working, getting home from school or whatever and wanting to cool off, we'd head for the public swimming pool and all the rubber and latex came off to shimmy into the latest of what we then called Bathing Suits like this smart number circa 1955
And if you were swimming in a public pool like at the Boy's Club or the YWCA you had to put this on your hear first. Seriously you were not permitted to enter the water without a Bathing Cap. Always made of rubber and about two sizes smaller than your head, especially if you had long hair and they had a very tight strap which snapped under your chin. This was the most common and was found in all colors, though we usually only got one a year. A few years later they came out with flowers and they were the rage of the age
And hearkening back to the padded bras, the bathing suits were padded lightly but if you layed down on your tummy to tan your back and got up the boob area was indented way in which looked funny so we put the crew socks in our bathing suits too and it worked real good except when you forgot to check and the end of one was showing at the top. That got lots of laughs from the boys. My face is red to this day from this humiliating experience.