Pegs, cigarette’s or pencil pants?

Also known as pegs, drainpipes, stovepipes, cigarettes, pencil pants or skinnies, these 3/4 tight fit pants were immensely popular during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. Designed to fit snugly about the legs the pants were intended to show off ones curvaceous figure, or for guys, to give a more rock and roll appearance.

Made of  stretch denim, with anywhere from 2% to 4% spandex would allow the jeans to have a super-slim fit and in some styles, zippers were needed at the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling them over the feet.

The style of pants originated in the 1950s, with popular stars such as Roy Rogers, Marilyn Monroe and Sandra Dee wearing their pants very slim to the ankle. Tapered jeans became most notable with country music stars and with the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s, when Elvis Presley donned a pair and shocked the country. Drainpipe jeans and rock ‘n’ roll were inextricably linked to create an overall “bad boy” image. While in the early 1960s they were worn by numerous rock bands, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

(Elvis Presley)

Young Marilyn Monroe.

(Marilyn Monroe)



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Little Miss Dynamite’s Sweet Nothin’s…

Brenda Mae Tarpley (born December 11, 1944) and better known as Brenda Lee, was an American performer who sang rockabilly, pop and country music. She had over 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis.

At 4 ft 9 inches tall she received the nickname ‘Little Miss Dynamite’ in 1957 after recording the song “Dynamite”; and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following.

Lee achieved her biggest success on the pop charts in the late 1950s through to the mid-1960s with hits such as “Jambalaya”, “Sweet Nothin’s” and “I’m sorry”.

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Vintage advertisements for the home:

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Celebrity Quotes: Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe.

(Marilyn Monroe: 1926 - 1962)

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.”

“I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.”

Marilyn Monroe.

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

“Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.”

“I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”

Marilyn Monroe.

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.”

“I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.”

Marilyn Monroe.

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.”

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

“First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.”

“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.”

“The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another.”

“It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.”

“My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation but I’m working on the foundation”

“I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”

“There was my name up in lights. I said, ‘God, somebody’s made a mistake.’ But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, ‘Remember, you’re not a star.’ Yet there it was up in lights.”

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