It’s happened to all of us. You’re returning home from the grocery store for some celery, when out of nowhere a gust of wind blows up your skirt and causes your underwear to cascade to your ankles. Perhaps the worst part is the ogling men nearby who just stand there, admiring your underoos instead of helping you.
Sometimes there isn’t even a man around to see the spectacle. We’re just busy juggling that celery while waiting to cross the street. How can we keep these damn panties on?
If those images made you scratch your head, you’re not alone. Pinup artist Art Frahm had a “ladies in distress” series that featured women in those same scenarios, as featured above. While each painting is quite detailed, there’s no mistaking the focal point around the ankles.
This lady has not one, but three men admiring her dropped panties from afar. There’s even a smiling woman in this one, too.
An American journalist, James Lileks, has a website dedicated to vintage artwork. The Institute of Official Cheer is full of these illustrations by Frahm. In fact, his website features the largest number of these pinups. They’ve caught the attention of some women from the era, too.
“I’ve heard from women of the era say ‘yes oh my yes. It happened.’ But did it happen like this? Arms full, wind blowing up the skirt, some leering guys in the background? No. This is a glimpse into someone’s fantasy-a world where men regularly happen across women whose undergarments have fluttered to their ankles.”
Another recurring detail is celery poking out of a grocery bag. As it turns out, celery is considered an aphrodisiac to Mediterraneans. The site Messy Nessy Chic couldn’t find any other reason for the celery. Given the recurring theme, it’s safe to assume what Frahm was thinking.
He simply had a fantasy of beautiful women being so aroused by celery that it caused their panties to drop to their ankles. Lucky for them, a man was usually nearby to assist in anyway possible.
If only these women had worn some Spanx.
H/T: Messy Nessy Chic
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