Shorpy Saturday – Shorts Seller: 1941

By Jeffrey Buck

It’s hard to believe that shopping for underwear (“shorts”) was so sophisticated at one time; from glass display cases to burly men cutouts. Now typically displayed in plastic bags hanging from generic racks, underwear has become just “another item.” The shopping experience in 1941 fortunately had no competition with a computer screen.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Shorts Seller: 1941“:


July 1941. “Detroit, Michigan. Buying men’s shorts in the Crowley-Milner department store.” Not just any shorts, but “No-Squirm” Jockeys. Large-format negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information.

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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