Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meow Swimsuits

Today, no company in their right mind would show three women in animal prints wearing collars and leashes.  I'm not so sure this was a good idea for Cole of California in 1954, when this ad was published.  There's no denying these swimsuits are sexy though.  "Three exciting swimsuits from Cole's Female Animal Collection.  Fur-printed cotton...cut and shirred to make you the choicest specimen in captivity!  Zebra, leopard, tigress....which are you?"  These suits sold for $10.95 in 1954 (about $92 in today's dollar.)

3 comments:

Lisa said...

I saw an ad for these in a fifties' Life magazine the other day where the women were behind bars in a cage. The copy reads "Two rare specimens from Cole's Female Animal Collection: The charcoal leopardress...a dangerous mankiller! Inhabits the smartest beaches". A little less "what where they thinking?!" than the leashes... still, as said, those suits are pretty AMAZING.

Mary said...

Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous. One on the right = my favorite.

Dina said...

I love all three! Just fabulous! I think the tiger one is my favorite.
I think I saw a similar ad to the one Lisa mentioned...it was in a 50's "seventeen" and showed women in dresses behind zoo-like cages. I also saw one with three cute girls in dresses and masks holding guns at a policeman!
Yikes :-)

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