Thursday Night LIFE: Fashion Tips Edition

Intense pressure on the ladies to comply with social expectations about appearance is nothing new. Here’s a smattering of selections from 1939, illustrating the fact that beauty standards haven’t actually changed all that much. If you want to see the images in greater detail or read a transcription of the text, you can click through to see them on Flickr.

First, girls, you should know that its never too soon to start controlling that irksome figure of yours. Dont you want to be a bathing beauty?
First, girls, you should know that it's never too soon to start controlling that irksome figure of yours. Don't you want to be a bathing beauty?
You may be allowed to drive these days, but that doesnt mean you have an excuse for rough hands.
You may be allowed to drive these days, but that doesn't mean you have an excuse for rough hands.
Fresh breath, also critical. But you dont want to use gum that will get you riled up, so be sure to go for the relaxing Beech-Nut!
Fresh breath, also critical. But you don't want to use gum that will get you riled up, so be sure to go for the restful Beech-Nut!
Ever wonder why the little black dress is supposed to be such a must-have fashion accessory, yet every year womens magazines come out with a list of suggestions for snazzing it up? So do I.
Ever wonder why the little black dress is supposed to be such a must-have fashion accessory, yet every year women's magazines come out with a list of suggestions for snazzing it up? So do I.
Finally, did you know that having a slim figure is critical if you ever want to be loved? And that exercise can be fun? But be sure to Buy America, will ya?
Finally, did you know that having a slim figure is critical if you ever want to be loved? And that exercise can be fun? But be sure to Buy American, will ya?