Friday, November 21, 2008

Glamor On A Budget, 1958

Choosing your favorite Soft-Weve Toilet Paper color is easy.

Figuring out how many rolls you need is a little bit harder.

And making the ballgown out of it? That's the really tricky part.

[Advertisement (1958) from the Ad Access collection of Duke University.]

16 comments:

Bill said...

When I was in high school, I went to a costume party dressed as a mummy. I wrapped myself in toilet paper to create the costume.

Unfortunately, as the evening wore on, the mummy outfit tore and unwound.

Fortunately, I had a base coat of long underwear, so I just looked like a perverted hillbilly by the end of the evening.

looking4ancestors said...

Oh the days of coloured toilet paper and facial tissues! Nowadays, I don't think wrapping yourself up in toilet paper, no matter how fancy the occassion, would be considered environmentally friendly!

The Ebon Swan said...

Oh dear lord, I can just see some of the girls I work with trying to come up with a way to actually make a dress out of TP. I mean, they already pulled it off with aluminum foil and duct tape, this should be easy!

Yes, yes...I work with strange people...

Tori Lennox said...

Women with real ballgowns could wipe the floor with her....

Amy said...

what the heck? It almost looks like those dresses ARE made of toilet paper...strange.

Lidian said...

Bill - What a great story! I hope that these ladies have their union suits on underneath, but I fear not.

Looking4ancestors - I remember the colored toilet paper and tissues too, blue and pink especially. I can't recall when all that stopped, but it is probably just as well! We had to make kleenex flowers to wear as part of a school dance costume (in a headband) in grade 2 (1969) and it was horrendous indeed.

Ebon Swan - On a British kids' show, Art Attack (we used to get it here in Canada, in the 90s) he showcased a man who made a ballgown out of colored (clean) plastic garbage bags. It was not great.

Tori - LOL! Yes indeedy.

Amy - It really does look like it!

Michelle Gartner said...

Hmm I saw a recent ad- but I can't remmebr who it was but I am guessing it was Kraft BBQ sauce. 1967 0r 1969 mail in for a paper dress for the lady of the house and the daughter... I think that would have mde for some weird BBQ parties!

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

what are they advertising exactly...designer toilet paper:)

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Margie and Edna said...

I am completely in love with that ad! The ballgowns too, although if you look closely, they're not really made of toilet paper. That's a pity; with dresses like that, you'd never need to ask someone to "spare a square." ;)

However, I'm not sure which is more disturbing--the idea of making ballgowns out of toilet paper, or the concept of choosing toilet paper to *match* your ballgown.

Bridget said...

That is so funny! I love that!

Lux said...

Gosh, the colors are so subtle - Mom wants some, lol. :)

Jennifer said...

How cheesy can one add be??? My butt requires to be wiped by pink tp!

biyahilo said...

interesting!

Lidian said...

Michelle - I think that Rudi Gernreich made paper dresses in the 60s, a mercifully short-lived fad.

Alicia - Yeah, they want us all to buy their lovely TP.

Margie and Edna - They are lovely, and I think they are really tulle or chiffon. The "can't spare a square" episode is one of my favorite Seinfelds, BTW!

Bridget - It made me laugh, which is how I try and pick things out!

Lux - Our kitties' mom remembers her mom buying this stuff and of course we used it. I must tell you it was not actually an enormous thrill.

Jennifer - Oh, wait until we get to the cheesy Christmas ads in December! :)

Biyahilo - Thanks! Duke has such a great collection, they are all pretty interesting.

Melanie said...

Aw, I miss those days of colored tp and tissues. I remember making flowers out of the tissues in grade school.

Wonder why they stopped with the colors. As I recall, they were just about the same shades of pink and green as those ball gowns (which I love by the way).

Lidian said...

Melanie - But I'll bet you didn't have to wear the tissue flowers on a headband, with a crepe paper skirt. And have to walk through the streets of NYC in this stuff, to go dance in a public park as part of a school fete, did you?

If you did, we probably went to the same elemetary school. I hope it was only the one school that did this!

I think they stopped making colors for environmental reasons.