If you don’t know what a bullet bra is then you could be forgiven for thinking it’s something dangerous. And in a way it is, because its extremely conical points are sharp enough to poke your eye out.

You don’t see many of these vintage bras these days but they were very popular during the 1940s and 1950s. They were made famous by the sweater girls (various Hollywood actresses who adopted the fashion of wearing tight sweaters over a bullet-shaped or cone bra), and Madonna even wore one designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during her Blond Ambition Tour back in 1990. A vintage fashion lingerie company called What Katie Did was the first company to bring bullet bras back into modern production in 1999, and since then other companies have also started to make their own version of the iconic underwear. Scroll down for a collection of vintage photos featuring women modeling bullet bras in true 1950s fashion. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

(h/t: vintage everyday)

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A Sweater Girl

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Jim
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4 years ago

That Dash is sexy, I miss the design of those classic cars.

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Vintage Underwear

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

This is the one picture so far that looks alright to me. Probably because it's not under a sweater, making it look like the woman has oddly deformed breasts.

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Vintage Fashion

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Allison Cockburn
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4 years ago

Really thinking I need to invest in one of these bad boys. Bring this fashion trend back!

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#4

The One And Only Marilyn Monroe

The One And Only Marilyn Monroe

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coffee zombie
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4 years ago

Maybe it's because Marilyn Monroe is wearing them but this picture doesn't look ridiculous

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#5

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

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Allana Rose
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4 years ago

Liz could be wearing a burlap sack and still look fabulous in it!

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#6

Old Hollywood Fashion

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jacluckycat
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4 years ago

I love that old hollywood glamour

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#7

Vintage Look

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Flora Polvado
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4 years ago

Cute outfit.

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#8

Bullet Bra

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Amaranthim Talon
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4 years ago

Think those have their own zip code...

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#9

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

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Sara Duckett
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4 years ago

Pretty sure this is Jayne Mansfield.

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#10

Vintage Outfit

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John Holden
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4 years ago

"You'll poke your eye out, kid!"

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#11

Vintage Blonde Bombshell

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Dawna Glow
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4 years ago

ever wonder what a teenage boy thought when he saw the real boob?

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#12

Marilyn Monroe

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Sharon Vaughn
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4 years ago

The darts in the top make them even pointier.

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#13

Bullet Bra Fashion

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Asia
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4 years ago

WOW she's beautiful!!

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#14

Vintage Glamour

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Christopher Willmot
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4 years ago

Beautiful

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#15

Bullet Bra

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Leah Forgy
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4 years ago

That's not from the 40s

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#16

Vintage Fashion

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Jilltdcatlady
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4 years ago

TV Announcer: before the Wonder Bra, before the Push Up Bra,before Plastic Surgery there was (dramatic music)...THE BULLET BRA! (Audience applause)

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#17

A Sweater Girl

A Sweater Girl

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Janice Foster
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4 years ago

But....WHY??! They look ridiculous!

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#18

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

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Debra Starr Moon
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4 years ago

Jane Mansfield. Mariska Hargitay's (from law and order) mother. You can see the resemblance.

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#19

Marilyn Monroe

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Jilltdcatlady
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4 years ago

Are her pointy boobs closer to her waist than modern day boobs? Or is it an illusion created by the clothes and point of view?

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#20

Bullet Bra

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Aprille Park
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4 years ago

You'll poke your eye out, kid.

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#21

Vintage Fashion

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Lilibeth Rodriguez
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4 years ago

Ooooh her shoes!!!!!

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#22

Vintage Undergarments

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Jilltdcatlady
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4 years ago

I just realized... there is no possible way to create cleavage.

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#23

Bullet Bra

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Patagoniakid Patagoniakid
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4 years ago

Her waist is more impressive!

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#24

Sweater Girl

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Pat
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4 years ago

Julie Newmar

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#25

Vintage Outfit

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Mibo Dumplings
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4 years ago

Imagine hugging her

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#26

Bullet Bra Fashion

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ispeak catanese
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4 years ago

I had a waist like that when I was 9. *bursts into sobs*

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#27

Rhonda Fleming

Rhonda Fleming

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Dave
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4 years ago

Rhonda Fleming

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#28

Jane Russell

Jane Russell

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Debra Starr Moon
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4 years ago

The beautiful Jane Russell.

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#29

Bettie Page

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Kara
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4 years ago

Is this Betty Page?

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#30

Vintage Fashion

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Mark Short
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3 years ago

Torpedos !!

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#31

Carole Lesley

Carole Lesley

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Debbie Saloman
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4 years ago

This is the British actress Carole Lesley - she was a friend of my Grandma.

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#32

Fashionable Looks

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

That's some big lipstick.

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#33

Jayne Mansfield And Diana Dors

Jayne Mansfield And Diana Dors

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Lesley Watts
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4 years ago

Jayne Mansfield and Diana Dors

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#34

Vintage Fashion

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Sharon Vaughn
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4 years ago

Anne Francis? She had a mole (beauty mark) on the right of her chin.

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#35

Glamour Shot

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

That hypotenuse.

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#36

Bullet Bra

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Laura
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1 year ago

She looks like Kathy Bates!

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#37

Vintage Fashion

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OdangaUsagi
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4 years ago

"Al...most.. free.... just..a.. little further...!"

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#38

Vintage Summer Look

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Leah Forgy
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4 years ago

Oh my.

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#39

Vintage Sporty Look

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Kara Neice
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4 years ago

She looks uncomfortable in so many ways... 😂

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#40

Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour

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Connie Martin
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4 years ago

Okay, on Dorothy Lamour it almost looks natural. For one thing they're not hiked up to her armpits.

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#41

Brigitte Bardot

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Morgan Painter
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3 years ago

Lovely, and NOT pointed, at least not by 1960's norms. This the lift and separate look you heard advertised on radio and TV. This might be the playtex 18 hour which some today might consider a bullet style, but thank goodness no spear points.

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#42

Bullet Bra Fashion

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Connie Martin
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4 years ago

AAs in a bullet bra. Not good. Not that DDs are either.

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#43

Tina Louise

Tina Louise

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Cathy Lowery
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4 years ago

Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island?

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#44

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Morgan Painter
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3 years ago

I believe this is Myrna former playmate. She is a healthy young woman here. That soft sweater makes her look so huggable!

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#45

Blonde Bombshell

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Juana
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4 years ago

Crazy eyes! 👀

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#46

Vintage Undergarments

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Cathie Kaye
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4 years ago

They still sell these bras in marks and Spencer's 🤣

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#47

Vintage Look

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Susan Jones
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3 years ago

That is a super classy look.

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#48

Bullet Bra

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Mat Gdowski
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4 years ago

She might fit behind the tree to hide, but her bullet boobs won't! LOL! 🤣🤣

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#49

Hollywood Starlet

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Becca Britton
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4 years ago

Wow.. she bears a strong resemblance to Brittany murphy..

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#50

Vintage Glamour

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Juana
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4 years ago

Beautiful.

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#51

Vintage Look

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LSR
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4 years ago

Looks like she has a third one on her back, lol

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#52

Joan Collins And Jayne Mansfield

Joan Collins And Jayne Mansfield

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Tracy Taylor
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4 years ago

Joan Collins and Jayne Mansfield

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#53

Vintage Photoshoot

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Marcelle
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4 years ago

Face reminds me a little of Gwen Stephanie

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#54

Vintage Summer Look

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Mandy Martinez
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4 years ago

Back when thighs were allowed to be real, you go girl!

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#55

Vintage Photoshoot

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Connie Martin
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4 years ago

Her posture is so silly

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#56

Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager

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Drexel Delaney
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4 years ago

Bunny was once a guest on "What's My Line?". Available on YouTube.

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#57

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

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Morgan Painter
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2 years ago

Marilyn was making a face here I had never seen before. I didn't know it was her until in another place it was verified as her.

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#58

Yvonne DeCarlo

Yvonne DeCarlo

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Yvonne Brassfield
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4 years ago

Yvonne DeCarlo

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#59

Diana Dors

Diana Dors

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Bettye McKee
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4 years ago

Diana Dors

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#60

Bettie Page

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Mimis Nachbarin
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4 years ago

Bettie Page!

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#61

Bullet Bra Fashion

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Karolína T.
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4 years ago

Missing a part of her head...!

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#62

Vintage Fashion

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Debra Starr Moon
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4 years ago

Am I the only one who thinks she looks a bit like Anna Nicole smith?

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#63

Patti Page

Patti Page

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Enzo MiMo
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2 years ago

Patti's cheekbones are more impressive than her boob-ular appendages.

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#64

Karen Steele

Karen Steele

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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4 years ago

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0824606/mediaviewer/rm168536832 Karen Steele played Eve McHuron on Star Trek.

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#65

Bullet Bra Fashion

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Mat Gdowski
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4 years ago

The hair dryer looks like the bra. Maybe that is where he inspiration came from? 😳

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#66

Vintage Underwear

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Lucia Benard-Martinez
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3 years ago

When models are real girls not like this days!

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#67

Gloria Talbott

Gloria Talbott

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David Hogan
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3 months ago

A good actress, famed as the unhappy bride in I Married a Monster from Outer Space (silly title for a thoughtful, scary thriller).

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#68

Evelyn West

Evelyn West

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Dennis Westman
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4 years ago

Evelyn West

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#69

Martha Hyer

Martha Hyer

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Morgan Painter
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3 years ago

Oh, now that looks really nice.

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#70

Vintage Glamour

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Morgan Painter
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2 years ago

Gorgeous

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#71

Sweater Girl

Sweater Girl

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Connie Martin
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4 years ago

It's about the sheer damn sweaters, gals. It looks like your nipples are going to poke through, and that makes viewers uncomfortable.

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Vintage Summer Fashion