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Mini Skirt Monday #100




I'm going to try and resist the temptation of turning this into an achievement bigger than it really is. It's just the 100th Mini Skirt Monday post, that's all. Nothing to write home about.

That being said.... HOLY SHIT! WE'VE DONE ONE HUNDRED OF THESE MOTHERF***ERS!  Basically, since February 2009, I've been delivering vintage minis to the masses, and the response has been good. Truth be told, the response has been too good..... Mini Skirt Monday posts typically outperform any other posts I come up with, which can sometimes be a little disheartening.  Week after week, I'll labor for hours over well thought out posts, and they do not hold a candle to a Mini Skirt Monday post I threw together in ten minutes. In terms of ad revenue and page impressions, these posts can't be beat - the idea of just doing Miniskirt posts exclusively has crossed my mind on more than one occasion.  I suppose it would get old, eventually. But, then again, we're in post one-hundred and it still seems fresh and fun.


Since it is the 100th post, I'll allow myself to wax philosophical about the miniskirt for a moment. What was so damn great about these miniskirts, anyway? I think the answer is a bit more complex than just "it showed a lot of leg". It was a statement - a rebellion against being sexually/physically repressed.  This isn't Afghanistan where it's a crime to show the slightest glimpse of female skin - this is America dammit.


Obviously, the fashion didn't start in The States, but rather on Carnaby Street.  And I thank that touches on another reason why we love the mini - it's groovy, baby.  It's shagadelic fun. There's something about it that not only makes the guys drool, but also makes everyone in its presence a little bit happier and loose. Perhaps, it's because of what it represents (a middle finger to repression); whatever the subconscious reason, it definitely provides a positive vibe to those in its presence.

The Miniskirt Monday posts most certainly benefit from the positive energy of the miniskirt; but, I think there's also there's also the pleasant feeling of seeing females looking 'healthy and real'.  In other words, they're not twig thin and they don't have fake tans and breasts.  Mini Skirt Monday is not only a time to ogle over a nice set of gams, it's also a breath of fresh air from a time women looked like women, and not like emaciated plastic dolls.

Which brings me to my final point which is: miniskirts were as much about the women as they were about the men.  The guys certainly benefited from the pretty scenery, but this was a symbol of liberation.  When I first started these Miniskirt Monday posts, I spent a lot of time bemoaning their absence - how sad that such a perfect symbol of feminine liberation was gone. How very sad that we appeared to be stuck in a rut, where minis somehow indicated the wearer was less than 'pure'.  Had conservatism penetrated our country's psyche so bad that the mini was forever lost?

Well, I am pleased to say that it appears to be back on the radar.  After an almost complete absence in the 1990s and 2000s, it is making a comeback on college campuses and non-Bible Belt cities across the country. It will never be as omnipresent as it was in the early seventies - that I am certain.  However, it does go to show that you cannot keep the mini down for long.

And maybe, just maybe, Retrospace had a small part to play in its comeback.  Oh, I'm not foolish enough to believe this little blog caused any vast fashion trend - but we're all familiar with the butterfly effect, right? You never know.  Maybe a Miniskirt Monday post struck a chord with someone out there and she started wearing minis, and it started to catch on at her school (like the Patrick Dempsey dance in Can't Buy Me Love), which led to it catching on at surrounding schools.... and before you know it, the mini is back! You never know.

Well, to wrap it up, I thought I'd give you 100 miniskirts from previous episodes of Mini Skirt Monday, with a few new ones thrown in. Enjoy!


#1- I thought it would be appropriate to begin with the very first mini I posted on the Internets, of Frisbee inventor Fred Morrison promoting Wham-O's new product. [Source: Wham-O Super-Book by Tim Walsh (2008)]. Enjoy the next 99!


#2-5

#6-17

#18-19

#20-21

#22 - From The Pat Paulsen Half Hour Comedy Hour.

#23- You remember Emmy Jo on the New Zoo Revue, right? M'lady Emily wore a mini skirt every single show. For that, she deserves some sort of honor here at Retrospace.

#24-26 - I love discovering old promotional material from tech industries. There's something about the groovy color schemes mixed with odd looking electronics that really does my heart good. One thing these dusty brochures and flyers were never shy to do was stick a pretty girl (often in a miniskirt) somewhere in the photo. I don't care if it's a 1976 Data General microprocessor or a 1965 TTL Quad Gate, there's going to be a pretty baby somewhere in that brochure, guaranteed.

#27- The mini skirt trend had faded by the time Buck Rogers in the 25th Century came out in the late seventies. Fortunately, it was set far in the future, presumably to a time where mini-skirts are back in vogue. Gene Roddenberry would be proud.

#28-29 - Did these guys ever think to themselves "Thank God I'm in my prime during the glory days of the miniskirt"? Or did they take it for granted, and assumed it would always sustain this popularity? Either way, they were lucky dogs - by the time I came of age, the trend had gone bye-bye. I was born perhaps 7 years too late. All that was left of the mini were some Polaroids of days gone by.
#30-34

#35-38

#39=40

#41

#42-45

#46-47

#48-51

#52-53

#54-57

#58-60

#61-63

#64-65
#66-69

#70-74

#75-80

#81-84

#85- From the Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Hour

#86-87

#88-89

#90-91

#92-93 (in case you're counting, one's coverd by a suitcase, so it doesn't count)

#94-96

#97-98

#99-100

Hooray! Looking forward to one hundred more!

15 comments:

  1. It is a momentous occasion, worthy of note...a tribute to a time when even women on children's TV shows would show plenty of leg.
    (for which, we should be happy it was Emmy Jo and not Henrietta Hippo)

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  2. I was also born a few years too late and missed out on this golden age in women's fashion. Did men back then appreciate their good fortune? Thanks for keeping the dream of a mini comeback alive Gilligan. Until then, I know where I'll be every Monday !

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    1. I appreciated it, every day I went to school in the late 60s-1970s. Surprised I learned anything, lol.

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  3. 48-51 hands down. Hall-of-fame mini shot.

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  4. Congrats & perennial thanks on your 100th Mini-skirt Monday post. May your next hundredth be even shorter. Skirts, I mean.

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  5. Nice to know that so many of your favorites are also my favorites. Thanks for taking the time to put these posts together.

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  6. Well, I agree with each point you make, "for the women", repression, Afghanistan, and can't really add much... but I take issue with one point: Miniskirt Monday #100 IS a big deal. This is great work. And as for MSM beating out harder-to-write articles, well, it's like that sorry old joke my brother told me in '74: You can beat your drum, you can beat... well, never mind that. You can beat a lot of things, but you can't beat a miniskirt. If this doesn't load-up the tip jar, then there is, officially, no justice left in the world.

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  7. Ahhh... okay, maybe that "justice" thing was over the top. But I just went and hit the tip jar. Man, I creamed that son-of-a-Bee, like Sonny Liston. And I challenge the rest of you to do that, too.

    Oh, and... when you buy your private jet, you can hire me to fly it for you.

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  8. - #48 and #53 appear to be the same beautiful young woman.
    - I'm not so much curious as to why #96 is sitting in a tree as I'm about why she is wearing socks over her hose.
    - #42, #46 and #47 Provide further proof that Rear View Mini would make a good post some Monday.

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  9. I was in HS from 67-71, the prime miniskirt years (one word btw) but while the Maxi came next the mini never quite went away.
    By 73-74 the age of the slit-up-to-the-hip disco dress had arrived. Slinky, slippery, clingy, polyester dresses worn always without bras and often without panties. (in those pre-thong days, panty lines were a major concern, easily solved by going commando)
    The late 70s punk scene brought back miniskirts, often vinyl or leather, with torn stockings.
    I was amused with the trashed acid-wash jeans that came next with holes in the knees as if the girl had spent a lot of time on her knees. Perhaps in an alley or parking lot...
    I work and live in the Haight Ashbury, one of the most trendy neighborhoods in the country.
    The hippies are mostly gone but it is a Mecca for young women who flock there to shop. They always dress up, not for lecherous old guys like me or even the young men who work on the street, but for each other. There are more miniskirts now than ever before but also, on our rare hot days, modified (shortened) vintage dresses from the 40s and 50s.
    These were designed to be worn with slips and, with the sun behind them, are quite nicely translucent.
    Young and old, we know they're not dressing for us.
    But we're happy to reap the rewards.

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  10. AnonymousJuly 28, 2013

    #89.........DAMN!!!!!!

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  11. Tennis girl at the far left has one of the shortest dresses that I have ever seen! Even when standing next to other tennis girls, hers is even shorter.

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  12. AnonymousMay 22, 2015

    fantastic!

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