Every Nice Girl


Seldom do I get
such a wonderful
and welcome opening line….

women really do seem to love a sailor.

Being a Navy man,
I’m always happy to hear that!

even though,
in reality,

at least when I was in,

it always seemed to me
that they liked long-haired civilian hipsters better…

Our short hair,
combined with a distinctly non-civilian manner,

and a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude
toward ladies in general….

seemed to hold us back in a lot of the ports
we visited in the 70’s and 80’s,
particularly Stateside.

Of course,docks

it might have also been that
‘been at sea too long’ look we often had —

It mighta been a little too intense for some girls.



that whole ‘Ladies Love A Sailor’
thing must be true,

… cause I got plenty
of vintage postcards that say so.

It must be the uniform.mermaids

Oh well…

I’ll take it
why/how/where/when I can get it,

… ya know?

It’s an old expression,
no doubt about it.a1

It was very popular around the turn of the century–

When the expression originally went:

“Ship Ahoy !”
(“All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor”),

It originated as a song title,
from an early 1900’s London hit stage show–

featuring a very popular
‘male impersonator’ —

named Miss Hetty King .

There she is, now .shipahoy

She does seem like a nice girl.

But she don’t look very convincing as a man.

Sorry, Hetty.

Those breast tie-down things must hurt like hell, too.

And honestly,

1927…… she’d get a lot further with sailors,
if she didn’t dress like a Naval Officer herself.

No real self respectin’ Sailor
would mess with one of them Officer types.

Those ceremonial swords
get pretty pointy, too.


Being a Navy man,

…. getting to travel,
and see the world like we do,
people tend to assume
that we’ve got women all figured out.

The truth couldn’t be further from the truth.



……… well, you know what I mean.


speaking for Sailors in general,

I can safely say that:

bbeing the dedicated sea-going fellers that we are,

means that we’re willing to continue to research the subject until we do.


until we run outta gas.

And, at least for me,

it’ll be a long, long cruise before THAT happens.


P.S. …….


I might mention, by the by,
that the United States Naval
Nurse Corps program
celebrating it’s 110th Birthday.

And everybody knows the Navy
ain’t nothing without
our Navy Nurses.

Thank you for your service —
———– and here’s to another 110!!!


Check out this Enoch Bolles designed magazine cover from 1928:



13 thoughts on “Every Nice Girl

  1. mislucja says:

    Yowwwwwwwwwwza on that killer Bolles print, fella!

  2. Well, I always loved sailors!
    And I’ve always had some good and some bad in me! 😉 😛 But, it was a good-bad, if you know what I mean! 😉 😀
    These postcards are so sweet!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  3. J.D. Riso says:

    I think it’s the cute little outfits that drive the ladies wild…that and the ravenous “been at sea too long” look. Such a combination.

  4. ktz2 says:

    I wonder if the Nice Girls Love Sailors was maybe like a PR thing against the well known ‘the fleet’s in!’ which brought to mind not-so-‘nice girls’.

  5. I love your post. I love vintage cards and especially one with a sailor.

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