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
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2 years ago

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

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Master Markus
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2 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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Allison Cockburn
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2 years ago

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

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coffee zombie
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2 years ago

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

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CATastrophic
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2 years ago

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

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jacluckycat
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2 years ago

I love that old hollywood glamour

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Flora Polvado
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2 years ago

Cute outfit.

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Amaranthim Talon
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2 years ago

Think those have their own zip code...

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Sara Duckett
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2 years ago

Pretty sure this is Jayne Mansfield.

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John Holden
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2 years ago

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

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Dawna Glow
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2 years ago

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

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Sharon Vaughn
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2 years ago

The darts in the top make them even pointier.

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Asia
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2 years ago

WOW she's beautiful!!

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Christopher Willmot
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2 years ago

Beautiful

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Leah Forgy
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2 years ago

That's not from the 40s

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Jilltdcatlady
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2 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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Janice Foster
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2 years ago

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

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Debra Starr Moon
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2 years ago

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

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Jilltdcatlady
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2 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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Aprille Park
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2 years ago

You'll poke your eye out, kid.

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Lilibeth Rodriguez
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2 years ago

Ooooh her shoes!!!!!

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Jilltdcatlady
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2 years ago

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

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Patagoniakid Patagoniakid
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2 years ago

Her waist is more impressive!

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Pat
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2 years ago

Julie Newmar

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Mibo Dumplings
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2 years ago

Imagine hugging her

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ispeak catanese
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2 years ago

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

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Dave
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2 years ago

Rhonda Fleming

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Debra Starr Moon
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2 years ago

The beautiful Jane Russell.

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Kara
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2 years ago

Is this Betty Page?

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Mark Short
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1 year ago

Torpedos !!

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Debbie Saloman
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2 years ago

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

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Fire Bird
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2 years ago

That's some big lipstick.

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Lesley Watts
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2 years ago

Jayne Mansfield and Diana Dors

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Sharon Vaughn
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2 years ago

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

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Master Markus
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2 years ago

That hypotenuse.

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Michelle Bindle
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3 weeks ago

Evelyn West. This is not the most flattering photo of her. she was 39-25-35. That bra definitely pushed those puppies straight out. There are topless photos of her looking almost that perky.

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OdangaUsagi
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2 years ago

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

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Leah Forgy
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2 years ago

Oh my.

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Kara Neice
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2 years ago

She looks uncomfortable in so many ways... 😂

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Connie Martin
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2 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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Morgan Painter
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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
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2 years ago

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

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Cathy Lowery
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2 years ago

Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island?

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Morgan Painter
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1 year 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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Juana
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2 years ago

Crazy eyes! 👀

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Cathie Kaye
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2 years ago

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

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Susan Jones
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1 year ago

That is a super classy look.

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Mat Gdowski
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2 years ago

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

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Becca Britton
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2 years ago

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

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Juana
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2 years ago

Beautiful.

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LSR
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2 years ago

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

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Tracy Taylor
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2 years ago

Joan Collins and Jayne Mansfield

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Marcelle
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2 years ago

Face reminds me a little of Gwen Stephanie

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Mandy Martinez
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2 years ago

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

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Connie Martin
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2 years ago

Her posture is so silly

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Drexel Delaney
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2 years ago

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

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Morgan Painter
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1 year 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
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2 years ago

Yvonne DeCarlo

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Bettye McKee
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2 years ago

Diana Dors

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Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

Bettie Page!

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Karolína T.
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2 years ago

Missing a part of her head...!

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Debra Starr Moon
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2 years ago

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

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Enzo MiMo
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6 months ago

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

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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2 years ago

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

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Mat Gdowski
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2 years ago

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

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Lucia Benard-Martinez
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1 year ago

When models are real girls not like this days!

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Susan Jones
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1 year ago

Her hair is so cute!

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Morgan Painter
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1 year ago

Yikes that is awfully pointed, there were several others that weren't that dramatic.

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Morgan Painter
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1 year ago

Oh, now that looks really nice.

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Morgan Painter
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1 year ago

Gorgeous

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Connie Martin
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2 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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Athena Cadena
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2 years ago

When thick was beautiful.

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