Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #68

SR 1068

This fashion accessory was all the rage in the upper ranks of Parisian Society, and everyone who was anyone just had to have one or they would be shunned forever. Fifteen minutes later, someone pointed out that you couldn’t drink wine whilst wearing such a thing. The Beaky Babes craze instantly fizzled out, with the plastic cones thrown in the gutters of city streets. The designer, Pepe Le Pouffe, eventually died of shame in the Canary Islands…


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  1. I just had to find out more about this ‘fashion’. Apparently it was plastic face protection from snowstorms – Montreal, Canada, 1939. Though that explains the what, it still doesn’t explain why on earth someone would design it like that, and why any woman would put it on…

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    • Thanks for the info, Margie! I knew there must be a story behind it, but when I found the image years ago, it was one of several random images on a page, with no specific explanation. (Naturally, I “borrowed” the image because it was just too good to pass up, but I didn’t have any credits to go with it.) I wouldn’t dare put one of these on, not so much because it’s not particularly attractive, but I’m terribly clumsy and would end up lacerating nearby loved ones, which is not good…


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