What Fresh Hell Is This?

May 11, 2013

What A Difference 82 Years, 11 Months and 6 Days (or so) Makes

How differently public nudity is described these days!

In today's P-G the She-Pope is described as:
...wearing a pope costume, but had no clothing below her waist, and on her pubic area was the shape of a cross.
On May 6, 1930, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported:
County detectives raided the barge Manitou at the foot of Wood Street last night, which for months has been the scene of shows in which the costuming of the chorus hasn't been any problem to the promoters because there aren't any costumes.
And more specifically:
The entertainment had scarcely gotten under way when it was abruptly terminated by the arrival of the county sleuths and deputy sheriffs.  Three girls had enthralled the customers with a dance and one reel of motion pictures had been shown when the detectives arrived in the middle of the second film.  In the matter of costume the girls found no difficulty at all unless one would say that shoes and stockings constituted an adequate wardrobe.
And those "motion pictures"?  The P-G goes this far to call them:
Reels of films which usually are distributed by underground channels...
Nude dancing and porn?  On a barge on the Mon??

Duh Burgh must've been a wild place 82 years, 11 months and 6 (or so) days ago.

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