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Kerryn is not the only Glorybox blogger to get lucky at the local op shop. A colleague, Melanie, purchased the following fabulous examples from the Sallies in Karori. Hanging up in the second-hand bras section of the shop, these pieces appear to be from the 1960s and 1970s.
Most of these examples were produced by Hickory, a New Zealand manufacturer. They feature metric measurements as well as warnings about the company accepting no responsibility for damage to the elastic by fingernails or rings.
However, you would need fairly strong hands to damage this underwear, as what you can’t appreciate is the heavy elastic waistband. It would not be easy to remove them quickly. The underwear does have beautiful detailing with lace and trims. The inside features boning and attachments for suspenders. A perfect foundation garment!
The white bra’s straps are cloth rather than elastic. Most of the fabric is cotton with some elastic panels at the back. It has a large range of hooks – indeed six to fasten the bra together.
It also features vertical boning with a dainty embroidery pattern at the front.
The above image is another Hickory example and both bras are size 14B.
The final example are ‘Slim Form’ underwear from Australia that are made of elastane and nylon. They appear to have a bit more wear as they would be less cumbersome to remove. The front panel has an embroidered set of initials of the manufacturer, SF for Slim Form.
We suspect that many individuals would nowadays be horrifed to wear these large pieces of underwear but the level of detail found in each piece is certainly impressive.