Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Vintage Vocabulary Builder: Mollycoddle

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 29, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: trans humor, vintage gay

Early 20th century humorous postcard explaining the origin of this expression. (Love his corset!)


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According to the International Hanky Code, a white hanky means a preference for mutual masturbation. This is one of the few code colors in which the hankie may be placed in either left or right rear pocket with no passive/active nuance.

battybattybats battybattybats | March 30, 2010 2:05 AM

Exactly what is 'marselles his hair'?
I like the coat and if those shoes come in black I'll take them.

gregorybrown | March 30, 2010 10:09 AM

"Marcelled" hair is curled or waved. Osbert Sitwell
related in one of his autobiographical volumes (which I read in high school, giving a hint at just how queer I was, though not actively sexual)that suspenders with clip-on bottoms instead of buttons were the hot thing for Bright Young Things in the post-Great War period. His tailor disapproved, and also was reluctant to provide zipper flies for pants, citing the danger of accidental mutilations. "Molly" is a much older term for effeminate and man-loving men.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | March 30, 2010 11:24 AM

There were a series of these cards as I have seen at least two others with this same drawn character. As to marselles looks like he is curling it. The character looks like a profile of "Alfred E. Newman" from my "Mad Magazine" youth, or was that college, yeah, college.