Monday, September 22, 2008


I love the kitschiness of the 1950s and the way the people, especially women, were depicted. Everything seemed to be happy, happy. Maybe because they had all those cocktail parties and even cocktail hour when the 9 to 5 job was through each day. This was not the way in my home. The adults I was around did not do this. Maybe that's why I think it is kitschy. Anyway, I suspect that there was a lot of cocktail drinking going on to cope with the horrible girdles and bullet bras these poor women had to endure!!
This group of 1950's ephemera shown here is for sale at my Etsy shop. They are pieces that are off of or included with some 1950s record albums. I love the true kitsch of record album art. I have a lot of it [all different kinds] , so go over to my shop and get some... great to use in collage, scrapbooking, card making, altered art, mixed media, ATC's and whatever else you can dream up. Find it all under the sections heading "ephemera" over in my Abundant Curiosities Etsy.
This woman has one of those bullet bras on ~and I'm sure~ a girdle too! It helps her sing the high notes!!

Check this out over at my Etsy. (update: these buttons have sold! Thanks)I used an ad from a 1957 catalog to make a button card for these swell cone shaped large vintage buttons [they may be Bakelite, though I am not positive]. I just thought immediately of bullet bras when I looked at these buttons in a jumble of so-so and boring other buttons. A little naughty, I know. If this Etsy item is calling your name to open your 2008 wallet to buy something from the 1950's pocketbook era- you could separate these, the card and the buttons, and use them separately... or keep the button card I made just as it is and add to a collage, altered art item, mixed media or whatever. Super Kitsch!!


Lori said...

Oh those bras!! And we can't forget the garters they had on too! LOL Lori

april said...

Bullet bras! Ha Ha! Great post!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Love this post..m.

a portland granny said...

Enjoyed all of your recent blogs! They are so interesting. Sure remember those bras!!