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 them 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 cone or bullet-shaped bra), and Madonna even wore one designed by Jean Paul Gaultier during her Blond Ambition Tour back in 1990. A vintage 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 photographs featuring women modelling bullet bras in the mid 20th century. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

(h/t: vintage everyday)

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Jim 1 year ago

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

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Master Markus 1 year 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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Allison Cockburn 1 year ago

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

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coffee zombie 1 year ago

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

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CATastrophic 1 year ago

One of the most beautiful women in history..Lovely Elizabeth Taylor.

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

I love that old hollywood glamour

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

Cute outfit.

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Amaranthim Talon 1 year ago

Think those have their own zip code...

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Sara Duckett 1 year ago

Pretty sure this is Jayne Mansfield.

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John Holden 1 year ago

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

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Dawna Glow 1 year ago

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

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Sharon Vaughn 1 year ago

The darts in the top make them even pointier.

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Asia 1 year ago

WOW she's beautiful!!

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Christopher Willmot 1 year ago

Beautiful

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Leah Forgy 1 year ago

That's not from the 40s

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Jilltdcatlady 1 year 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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Janice Foster 1 year ago

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

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Debra Starr Moon 1 year ago

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

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Jilltdcatlady 1 year 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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Aprille Park 1 year ago

You'll poke your eye out, kid.

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Lilibeth Rodriguez 1 year ago

Ooooh her shoes!!!!!

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Jilltdcatlady 1 year ago

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

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Patagoniakid Patagoniakid 1 year ago

Her waist is more impressive!

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Pat 1 year ago

Julie Newmar

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Mibo Dumplings 1 year ago

Imagine hugging her

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ispeak catanese 1 year ago

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

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Dave 1 year ago

Rhonda Fleming

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Debra Starr Moon 1 year ago

The beautiful Jane Russell.

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Kara 1 year ago

Is this Betty Page?

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Mark Short 1 year ago

Torpedos !!

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Debbie Saloman 1 year ago

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

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Fire Bird 1 year ago

That's some big lipstick.

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Lesley Watts 1 year ago

Jayne Mansfield and Diana Dors

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Sharon Vaughn 1 year ago

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

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Master Markus 1 year ago

That hypotenuse.

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Libby-Rose Packham 1 year ago

Omg it's a tiny bit of of hair for goodness sake. I personally didn't even notice it. We all have body hair so why ous everyone complaining how "gross" it is. Get a grip and stop judging other people body's whether the pictures are from now or years ago.

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OdangaUsagi 1 year ago

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

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Kara Neice 1 year ago

She looks uncomfortable in so many ways... 😂

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

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

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Morgan Painter 1 year 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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Connie Martin 1 year ago

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

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Cathy Lowery 1 year ago

Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island?

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Jacques Godin 1 year ago

Honey, I packed you a full thermos of hot milk for lunch! LOL

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Juana 1 year ago

Crazy eyes! 👀

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Cathie Kaye 1 year ago

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

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Susan Jones 1 year ago

That is a super classy look.

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Mat Gdowski 1 year ago

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

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Becca Britton 1 year ago

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

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Juana 1 year ago

Beautiful.

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LSR 1 year ago

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

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Tracy Taylor 1 year ago

Joan Collins and Jayne Mansfield

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Marcelle 1 year ago

Face reminds me a little of Gwen Stephanie

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Mandy Martinez 1 year ago

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

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Connie Martin 1 year ago

Her posture is so silly

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Drexel Delaney 1 year ago

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

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Morgan Painter 5 months 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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Yvonne Brassfield 1 year ago

Yvonne DeCarlo

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Bettye McKee 1 year ago

Diana Dors

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Mimis Nachbarin 1 year ago

Bettie Page!

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Karolína T. 1 year ago

Missing a part of her head...!

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Debra Starr Moon 1 year ago

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

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Pat 1 year ago

Patty Page always had long dark hair and signature bangs.

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Friedlander Rosenzweig 1 year ago

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

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Mat Gdowski 1 year ago

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

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Lucia Benard-Martinez 1 year ago

When models are real girls not like this days!

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Susan Jones 1 year ago

Her hair is so cute!

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Dennis Westman 1 year ago

Evelyn West

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Morgan Painter 1 year ago

Oh, now that looks really nice.

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Morgan Painter 5 months ago

Gorgeous

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Connie Martin 1 year 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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Athena Cadena 1 year ago

When thick was beautiful.

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Susan Jones 1 year ago

Also the bra diesn’t fit because the weird wrinkle in the sweater crushed the pointy part, making it look circular.

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Princess of Mirth 1 year ago

The still lovely Mamie Van Doren

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Debra Starr Moon 1 year ago

Piper Laurie, the mother from the original "Carrie" with Sissy Spacek.

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Morgan Painter 1 year ago

Wow she's kind of sexy.

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