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Old 07-15-2010, 03:58 PM
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Why were boobs so pointy in the 50s

I see it in a lot of movies and TV from the 50s. especially in those sweaters
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:03 PM
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Probably because of cone bras. Searching left as an exercise for the reader.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:10 PM
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Boobs were no pointier then; just the bras were. Why? Same reason they had heavy eyebrows and red lips -- it was the fashion.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:26 PM
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Two words: laser boobs.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:31 PM
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Same reason waists were tiny in the 19th century and men's calves were all that for a while and some lady wore a ship in her hair. Fashion is weird.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:34 PM
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Because those godless Russkies were making their women wear shapeless gray dresses. We needed to show them that patriot American breasts stood out straight, proud, and aggressive!
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:52 PM
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Mamallia Dentata, it was a self defense technique.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:56 PM
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Obsession with nosecones and tailfins.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:09 PM
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It's why you see so many old-timey people with eye patches.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:12 PM
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1950's pointy breasted actress named Dagmar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagmar_...can_actress%29

"Dagmar's physical attributes were further enhanced by low-cut gowns and the shape of her bra cups, which were somewhat conical."



Pointy 1950's Dagmar car bumpers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagmar_bumpers

"The Dagmar bumper is a chrome bullet-point bulge on the front bumpers of Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Buicks and Lincolns built during the 1950s."

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:22 PM
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1950's pointy breasted actress named Dagmar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagmar_...can_actress%29

"Dagmar's physical attributes were further enhanced by low-cut gowns and the shape of her bra cups, which were somewhat conical."



Pointy 1950's Dagmar car bumpers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagmar_bumpers

"The Dagmar bumper is a chrome bullet-point bulge on the front bumpers of Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Buicks and Lincolns built during the 1950s."
Also the rear of the 1959 Caddy.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:37 PM
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My mom's passport foto dress and wedding dress have no boobs. Just sort of a boob "area", a single, pyramidal rectangle, in the appropriate area. Always reminded me of the costumes from "The Lost Saucer", if you want to take it to a ridiculous extreme. I always tell people who see the foto -- my mother does have two breasts. That's just a '50's style.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_D1ZZyTOG7t...ost+Saucer.jpg
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:51 PM
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Check out some of the Playboy magazines from the era, and you'll see plenty of all-natural pointy-breasted women. A previous post of mine on the subject. A summary: naturally missle-tittied women still exist, but the shape is out of fashion as an ideal depiction of the human form, much like Charles Atlas-style barrel chests on men seem dated.

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:57 PM
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Two words: laser boobs.
Im chargin ma lazer?
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:03 PM
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:23 PM
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I wonder if there's a connection between the 1950s being a bottle feeding era as opposed to breast feeding era (many women still nursed, but more than ever before bottle fed) and the breast aesthetic.
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:48 PM
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Two words: laser boobs.
torpedo tits
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:06 AM
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1950's Style Death Ray Brassiere
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:26 AM
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WAG: The standards of the day forbade women from showing their breasts. The bullet bras and tight sweaters were a way of skirting (sorry) the regulations, by calling attention to what was underneath.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:58 AM
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As one whose breastesses started forming in the late 50's, I remember there wasn't a big array of choices in brassieres. At least not in the price range I needed.

They were cotton, quite stiff, and the cups usually had some sort of spiral stitching that forced whatever mammary tissue was available into a cone shape. Of course, we all wanted to look like Jayne Mansfied, so pointy cone tits and sweaters buttoned up the back were the look to have. And sissy blouses and Ben Casey shirts.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:04 AM
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Remember when ice cream cones had that same pointy shape? Advertisers are sneaky.
Been years since I had a cone like that. Most ice cream today are in flat, level bottom cones.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:19 AM
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I think it started with Dior's New Look in 1947. It was a fashion revolution after the wartime styles, and women wanted to feel feminine again. Fabric had been rationed and suddenly skirts were full again; Dior made waists tiny and busts big. Also, as JuliaSqueezer points (ha!) out, the cone shape was made by the spiral stitching, plus synthetic fabrics were more readily available. The excess of the '50s, as reflected in tailfins and populuxe architecture, just took things to the extreme.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:23 AM
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It's why you see so many old-timey people with eye patches.
My first spittake of the day . . .
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:39 AM
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As one whose breastesses started forming in the late 50's, I remember there wasn't a big array of choices in brassieres. At least not in the price range I needed.

They were cotton, quite stiff, and the cups usually had some sort of spiral stitching that forced whatever mammary tissue was available into a cone shape. Of course, we all wanted to look like Jayne Mansfied, so pointy cone tits and sweaters buttoned up the back were the look to have. And sissy blouses and Ben Casey shirts.
Oh, this has to get nominated for the post/username combo award!




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Growing up just shortly after the trend faded, I tend to associate them with Nurses Ratched and Diesel.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:08 AM
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It's why you see so many old-timey people with eye patches.
Because there were no antibiotics.

Really it's the truth.

People would get blood or skin poisoning. Then the arm would be infected. Since there were no antibiotics the only way to stop the spread was to amputate the hand or forearm

Then they replace the hand with a hook, 'cause that was the best they could do back then.

Then the people with the artificial hook hands would forget and either scratch their own eyes or bump into people and their hook hand would poke out the eye of the other person, or poke their own eye out.

See how easy it is to explain things if you just think about it
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:51 AM
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Most ice cream today are in flat, level bottom cones.
What? Not around here. Those cake cones (the flat-bottomed ones) are only popular for children's soft serve. Most adults prefer sugar cones (the pointy ones) or the waffle cones (which look like flat waffles twisted into a cone shape).

I always hated the cake cones because of that tough grid at the bottom -- probably it was there to reinforce the cone and to some degree prevent messes from children's ice cream cones' falling apart.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:57 AM
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As one whose breastesses started forming in the late 50's, I remember there wasn't a big array of choices in brassieres. At least not in the price range I needed.

They were cotton, quite stiff, and the cups usually had some sort of spiral stitching that forced whatever mammary tissue was available into a cone shape. Of course, we all wanted to look like Jayne Mansfied, so pointy cone tits and sweaters buttoned up the back were the look to have. And sissy blouses and Ben Casey shirts.

These things are still sold in stores, in boxes, Playtex cross yr heart or whatever. I've tried a few on, out of desperation, and cannot imagine who would wear such a thing other than someone's grandma, who's been wearing the same style since the 50's. They look horrifying under a knit top, like your boobs have some kind of bumpy disease.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:15 PM
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My mom's passport foto dress and wedding dress have no boobs. Just sort of a boob "area", a single, pyramidal rectangle, in the appropriate area. Always reminded me of the costumes from "The Lost Saucer", if you want to take it to a ridiculous extreme. I always tell people who see the foto -- my mother does have two breasts. That's just a '50's style.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_D1ZZyTOG7t...ost+Saucer.jpg
No, she only had one, but she wore it parted in the middle.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:36 PM
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Why thank you! I'm honored. I think. Wait. Maybe not.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:38 PM
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These things are still sold in stores, in boxes, Playtex cross yr heart or whatever. I've tried a few on, out of desperation, and cannot imagine who would wear such a thing other than someone's grandma, who's been wearing the same style since the 50's. They look horrifying under a knit top, like your boobs have some kind of bumpy disease.
Yes. They were and still are, horrid. They do, however, do quite a good job of "hoisting"!
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:23 PM
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Found this following Sigmagirl's link: This page shows some conical shaped bras, specifically this one and this one.

It's interesting to compare that pointy silhouette with today's bra style, like this bra which are smooth and rounded.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:27 PM
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Although as I looked around the lingerie site I linked above, you can still find some pointy bras, like this one. I have no idea why anyone today would want their boobs to look so pointy.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:17 PM
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Yes. They were and still are, horrid. They do, however, do quite a good job of "hoisting"!
But the seams! They make you look like Igor put you together.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:02 PM
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WAG: The standards of the day forbade women from showing their breasts. The bullet bras and tight sweaters were a way of skirting (sorry) the regulations, by calling attention to what was underneath.
I think that was also the rationale behind codpieces.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:08 PM
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But the seams! They make you look like Igor put you together.
Hey, some people like that look.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:32 PM
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I think that was also the rationale behind codpieces.
As a raging heterosexual male, I have no opinion on the matter.
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