Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 5 is Bikini Day: Bolles has it (un)covered!

This isn't the first time we've celebrated our man Enoch's take on the Bikini, and it would be almost sinful to let this special day fade into the sunset without featuring a Bolles girl getting all the sun she can. This classy cover from a 1936 issue of Breezy Stories and it predates its official debut by exactly a decade. Granted, her Bikini bottom is on the demure side but keep in mind that in the 1930's the mere flash of a belly button would arouse the decency leagues. It was only the below the counter mags that flouted the 'naval blockade'.

And if you need additional evidence paste your peepers on an even earlier cover from 1934 Bolles painted for Tattle Tales. What do you think?  Did he invent the thong too?