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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