A vintage ad for selling lingerie for Smart-Form; which begs the question… When did it become unrefined to sell lingerie, as it rather is today.
That’s not rhetorical; I want to know.
Everything is relative, I know; but in the hierarchy of professions — even limiting oneself to fashion and retail — lingerie is lower on the list in terms of prestige.
Tell someone you sell makeup for Field’s, and you’re glamorous as hell; tell ’em you work in intimate apparel, and, after the jokes stop (Doesn’t everyone wear underwear to work – Ha Ha Ha), people aren’t thinking your gig is glam.
Sell vintage dresses online, and you’re too cool for school; sell vintage lingerie and “OMG, you sell used underwear??!”
…Of course, it could be that the ad is lying about the status of such a profession. But I still want to know why selling lingerie is so darn dirty or at least a far cry from “refined.”
So share your thoughts.
UPDATE: I mistyped the year in the post title as 1946; it has been corrected to the correct year of 1956.