West Of The Moon

It’s amazing —

— just how popular
a symbol the moon
was in
vintage postcards.

Depending on the card,
it could represent:

relationships,
sex,
social pressure,
unrequited love,
secret passion,
eternity– 

— and I guess the reason
it was used so commonly
was because using a
seemingly harmless
symbol like the moon
insures that you don’t
just have to come out
and say what you
really mean.

It’s got a mysterious,
numinous quality to it
that you wouldn’t get
with the simple and
relatively contemporary
iconography of
‘spooning’,
for instance.

And romance under
the moon has always
had a special nuance,
let’s face it.

Of course, it is a
very ancient symbol,
to be sure —
— as old as
humankind itself –

and over the centuries,
the emblem has stood
for:
the feminine principle,
spirituality
and the
supernatural,
the cyclical nature of life,
and the darker side
of human nature–
among other things.

There were several
ancient Goddesses
that were associated
with it:

including the
virgin huntress Artemis,
(who somehow also
represented maternity
and childbirth) —

and Hecate,
who was the
goddess of magic –
she ruled over the
special dominion
of the night.

Generally,
in the cards of the
early 1900’s —

I think you’ll get
a strong sense of
desire and passion –
perhaps even lust,
mixed with some
or all of the older
connotations, as well.

The real beauty of
a metaphor like this
is that you can give
it your own special
individual interpretation,
which makes the cards
great fun in any decade !

So, let your imagination
loose on these vintage
postcards and enjoy !!!!!!!

!!!!! HOY !!!!!!

You Come A Long Way Baby

varounds

Madison Avenue moguls
have always made a mint
on cigarette advertising.

Big business —
BIG,
BIG Business, man.

And the variety of ads
that have appeared
for tobacco products,
just here in the United States,

( Europe and Asia still have
a variety of brands like this … )

Femswould stagger the mind
of the un-initiated
newbie collector of
printed materials —

One of the most interesting
sub-genres of vintage
tobacco product
advertising collecting
has to do with products
made specifically for women.

Most people today probably
still remember
a brand called “Virginia Slims”,

— and their motto:

“You’ve Come A Long Way Baby”,

from the early 1970’s.haidee1914

But indeed,
cigarette advertising
geared toward women
really HAD already come
a very long way —

It started back in
the early 1900’s
with brands like ” Haidee “-

These featured:debs

red lipstick resistant tips,
a luxurious red foil inner wrap,
and specially perfumed choice tobaccos,

The pack even contained
a small make-up mirror
on the inside lid.

A very popular brand
put out by Benson and Hedges
during the 1930’s and 1940’s
was called

” Debs ” —

Their adverts were particularly
striking and well designed,

to appeal to the fashion-
conscious female of the era.beauty

The tips were also red,

to conceal lipstick prints
on the butt when it was
in the ashtray.

This innovation wasn’t
just copied by “Debs”, though —

A brand issued by Winston,
” Fems ” also used it.

As did a Marlboro offshoot
geared toward women,

called ” Marlboro Crimson Tips “russellpattersona

Other brands would use ‘lighter’ smoking tobacco,

fashion oriented advertising,

thinner profile cigarettes,

or just plain unadulterated
snob appeal to attempt
to attract feminine smokers.

Benson and Hedges offered a
variety of cigarette called the
“Virginia Rounds” ,

that featured advertising
with a sense of humor —

—- the illustrations were done
by famed American cartoonist
Russell Patterson —dumaurier

The cigarettes themselves offered
some weird filter configuration called “Corn Tips”.

All in all,
vintage cigarette ads
targeting women
clearly demonstrate
the tactics that
advertising companies
still use in selling
everything
— from soups to nuts.

And it’s not always going to be
in the consumer’s interests, either.

Like it or not,
one must always remember :

Caveat Emptor !!!!!

Hoy!

deb

This Woman Is Dangerous

dangerousUsing one of those net-based services,
I was finally able to watch
the final episodes of “Mad Men”….

And I’m gonna miss that show.

Now, if you haven’t seen it,
it was set at a 1960’s advertising agency,

…..and featured very true-to-the-era furnishings,
cars, and styles.

redStartlingly accurate,
actually–

as I so vaguely remember it from being a kiddy-winky back then.

But of course, anybody who knows me,

…………. knows WHY that show held such a special appeal.

And for those who don’t —
— two words —
vintage lingerie.

Yep —dita
it was easy, huh?

Ok–

…. you might just be thinking a picture
by itself doesn’t really prove anything,

Especially,
since the model on the right is Dita Von Teese,

and that she would look good in anything short of a Mark III EVA NASA Spacesuit.

( And the only reason I say that is that I haven’t seen her in one yet …. )

While I totally agree with you about her,

myrnaI still maintain and restate my position:

Vintage style lingerie is 10 times sexier than anything currently in style.

(Yes, that’s Myrna Loy. )

The lingerie made today is shit.

Or,

maybe you don’t think lingerie should be
something men enjoy seeing women in ?

If you ask me, the idea that sexy lingerie
“objectifies women” is the kinda pablum
fed to college sophomores at liberal arts colleges
in an attempt to take all the fucking fun out of life,
one ounce of joy at a time.

1And of course,

I know that I’m never gonna convince
the people who insist on the whole:
“my naked body should be good enough for him
if he really loves me”
rhetoric, either.

What those people say about
how men don’t understand women
goes quadruple about those women and us men —

….. we’re visual creatures,

aand I don’t give a hot damn
whether you like that fact or you don’t —

it’s true.

Just what’s wrong with looking sexier in a nice piece of lingerie ?

Ain’t it exactly like wearing makeup
except that you’re doing it for a specific person

(or group of people) ?

(Oh wait–
— some of them won’t do that, either. )

Whatever, man.boot

I guess it comes down to caring —

— caring enough about your lover
to make him happy,

and caring enough about yourself to want to
look even more super-sexy than usual once in a while.

(More Often ?
More Better. )

From a man’s perspective,
a little additional stimulation
is always much appreciated,

vitajex……… and will pay dividends in terms
of the amount of attention and interest he will give you.

Just consider it kinda like Lace Viagra if you want —

It’s sure to get a rise outta a man.

I don’t give a hot damn
what your figure is like, either–

…..there’s some beautiful vintage stuff
that will make any woman
look like a million bucks.

Let’s face it —maewest1965

Mae West wasn’t exactly skinny,
for crying out loud…..

or even young, (in her 70’s)

when this picture was taken —

And just look at her.

Yow.

She’d tell you right off —

— no excuses, sugar.

Ladies–

Don’t believe those femi-Nazi types
who want to convince youa1
that femininity ain’t important.

Unless you believe that masculinity ain’t either.

In which case,

would you please get the
hell off my site, and tout de suite.

As far as contemporary designs
for lingerie are concerned, though,
well ….

most of it sucks.

Vintage is much better.

Think about it this way for a minute….raphaelkirchner

Part of the interest men have in
seeing women in lingerie is,
because it works the imagination —

It’s the same reason that we love vintage pin-ups.

If nothing’s left to the imagination,

……well, why don’t we all just pack up
and move to the Loxahatchee Nudist Camp?

Cause, truthfully,
you won’t get a lot of wood there, either.

(It’s kinda frowned upon, anyway…
….. it scares the nude prudes. )

Nudity is great,
don’t get me wrong —

nature has created it’s finest work
in the female body.

Once you’ve seen it, and seen it, and seen it, well,

3………… as far as Uncle Woody is concerned,
it just ain’t all that erotic,
once a man’s gotten past his teens, anyway.

But, add a little lace,
or a little sheer —

Yow.

Still,
current lingerie styles aren’t better
than nude, they’re
ummmm….
much less gooder.

Today’s stuff is cut all wrong for a woman’s figure —lace

…. as if they were designed by people
who really didn’t like women at all.

It’s cut too short, with no understanding
of where things are on real women.

I’m told they’re awfully uncomfortable
to wear for any length of time, too.

( I mean, how would I know,
….. aside from the panty hose
I’ll wear under a wet suit in cold water …

….. which, I hope doesn’t count,1

………… but I have to say is pretty
comfortable all in all, anyway. )

The idea should be to accentuate the positives —

Vintage lingerie was designed to be
long wearing, comfortable,
and flattering to the feminine figure.

Today’s lingerie is made to squeeze
60 bucks out of 20 cents of fabric,

………… using material I wouldn’t
make a dog-bed out of.

The tactile feel of the new stuff is awful —

It has an artificial, plastic-mixed-with-cardboard lombard
vibe that I couldn’t blame women for not wanting to wear.

I mean,
who cares if the stuff is fucking fireproof —

If you’re gonna play with fire,
you’re gonna need a whole different kit, anyway, man.

A grown man like me got no business
playing with young women,
— and mature women don’t look right
in those cheap, cheesy looking things —

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They need something a bit more
sleek, silky, sophisticated —
….. something that says:

” yes, I’ve been places,
aabut I’ve only started travelling, baby
.”

And if you take all the other considerations
out of the equation, it’s still comes down to this…….

Yow.

In conclusion,

if you’re now tempted to fire off an email–
calling me a misogynist, sexist pig,

GetAttachment….. well, take heart, since I
already got one of those last month.

And since a gentleman never argues with a woman,
…. even one with such a foul mouth,
I will withhold any response.

Except to say that the word ‘misogynist’
is spelled with a ‘Y’ between the g and n…..

Ya know, like the ‘Y’ chromosome
you seem to resent so much.

And to ask —
———- why do you think
I chose this topic today?

As for the rest of my lovely readers,
Thank you for reading, and your kind comments.

HOY !

.

london