Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Edwardian union suits: vintage advertising

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 25, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: vintage ads, vintage male

From the early 1900s, these delightfully sexy ads for form-fitting, see-through union suits. One before and the other after the jump.


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I kinda want one of those. I think they still sell them at International Male.

I bought 4 of them a couple of years ago, two for me, to for my hubby, in classic red. They also come in white. The ass-flap has been replaced by a vertical opening with buttons. Not nearly as sexy. They're great for those cold winter nights here in the mountains.

I did a search and found them on a hunting supply site. The same ones that sell camouflage baby suits. (Just don't set the kid down or you'll never find him again.) Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the site. Tractor Supply Co. also sells them, but you can get a better price on line.

Are they the thick-as-pajamas kind or the thin somewhat transparent weave? I wish they'd bring back the thin/transparent weave. (*fanning self*) A contemporary option we've tried here is silk long-johns (2 pieces, alas, not one). They are awesome. But I LOVE the trapdoor backs and have yet to find that feature in new suits.

Naked fencing? I've been a competitive fencer. Trust me, there's a reason we wear Kevlar and ballistic nylon these days. They may not be sexy, but they keep the broken blades out of our guts.

I was going to comment about that too, Dana. Naked fencing? Couldn't they have chosen something more appropriate, like naked Greco-Roman wrestling? :)

That would be nice to see come back. Since I moved north I have had to use long underwear most of the time. My mother in law used to get me two piece winter silks which I really like and I get them now when I can find them.

I wish that they would bring those back. Since I moved north I wear this sort of thing a lot and I prefer the winter silks but they come as two pieces. My mother-in-law started getting them for me and now I pick them up when I can find them.