Sunday, December 11, 2022


We get a nice grin from Dennis Lavia who's wearing some skimpy undies.
Or is that a swim suit?  Calling Calorman!



  1. A tough call, Jerry. Some models did indeed use underwear other than the ubiquitous Jockey Skants, but they were usually Nylon, or a Nylon mix, which was by this time nearly always used for posing suits because it caught the lights. These look a little too matt and they have quite heavy seams, so I'll go with ultra-bikini underwear because they are also really a little too brief for posers or swimming trunks for that time.

    As I have said before - and Harry Bush proved in your fabulous and much appreciated series yesterday - there was a large demand at that time for very brief men's underwear. You would strip down to Jockey tighty-whities in the locker room but as a man-about-town, the new tight trousers with the "bum freezer" jackets - a reworking in fact of Edwardian styles - necessitated that the family jewels were on display and the ultra-bikini delivered the goods.

    It is good to see Dennis Lavia smiling. There are quite a few pictures of him looking really quite serious and I have often wondered why.

    1. Thanks so much for your detailed reply to yet another of my garment questions! As for the grin, I've always wondered why the photographers didn't say "Come on, now. Smile for the camera" more often.

  2. That is one skimpy bikini for that time, perhaps Fredericks of Hollywood gear.
    Or perhaps made by one of those ladies that knitted "pecker warmers" during WW2 for the troops in Alaska and then made specialty items after the war.
    And those tattoos, the howling wolf and the two swallows, a sailor no doubt.
    One of those wolf type sailors and those swallows, each symbolizes sailing 5000 nautical miles, Lavia's been around. - Rj