Open-back Drawers

Oct 17, 2017 by

No. I’m not referring to this sort of open-back drawers, although I found a lot of pictures in the same vein whilst looking for the ones I wanted.

 

Here we go. This is the kind of thing women wore in the Western world during the mid-nineteenth century. The garment’s openness was not, in fact, an invitation to randiness, although that did occur with more frequency than Her Highness might have wanted.

In point of fact, this was a practical design that had milady’s comfort, convenience, and modesty foremost in mind.

 

The reason I bring up the matter at all is that I am rewriting Ripple in Still Water: A Spanking Odyssey. Open-back drawers figure prominently in the narrative, and one of my beta readers was not sure that I had sufficiently described the garment. 

 

 

Since the point of my rewriting Ripple was to make the story clearer and the prose more accessible, I happily added information about the underwear so that readers would understand what it was that tops of all descriptions in that magical place – guv’nors, misters, milicents of both genders, and even random customers at the Golden Hind restaurant – were drawing apart at the back in order to bare a girl’s bottom for a spanking.

The problem with this lack of clarity is that the author, viz. me, has always assumed, in his writing about this thing we do, that everyone on the planet in any way involved in this thing we do has read extensively about the inventors of this thing we do, viz. the Victorians.

Prior to Victoria’s reign, underpants for women were almost unknown. Jane Austen’s heroines, c. 1800, would have been scandalized to hear of ladies wearing anything other than a chemise and hose beneath a muslin dress.

The Pearl, however, was written to put on and then smoothly remove this last veil from milady’s charms in vignette after salubrious vignette involving — well, randiness scarcely scratches the surface of the activities that this lot got up to, and with no small nod to bare-bottomed spanking, let me tell you.

I read this volume about the time of its latest publication, c. 1968. I have no idea whether the book’s provenance is authentic, but one hopes that, even if it is not, anyone intent on having sport with twentieth-century readers regarding nineteenth-century sexual mores did his homework as far as costuming, at least. My recent research tends to affirm this hope.

The book is enormous, by the way, and priced accordingly, even in Kindle, but it is good background information for this thing we do and well worth a look.

 

 

 

Here we see an example of how the pants, which are sometimes referred to as Directoire knickers, may be parted for milady’s comfort, as well as his lordship’s convenience.

 

Here is an Italian postcard that I’m betting never was mailed to anyone.

 

And last but certainly not least, an illustration of just why open-back drawers are required day wear in Home, Neverwasnia, the setting for all of the spanking action in Ripple.

(I do believe that is Amelia-Jane Rutherford being taken to task by his lordship, but if not, I’m sure someone will tell me.)

By now, you will have noticed that I’m having a LOT of fun re-imagining Ripple In Still Water. So look for more of my blather along these lines as we power up toward the roll-out of the new edition, hopefully sometime in November. We already have a–

No. I’ll tell you later.

All for now.

Devlin out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinup Friday

Oct 6, 2017 by

A true appreciator of backsides learns one simple truth early, which is that the object of his attraction is best viewed as the young lady is in the process of walking away from him.

This is okay if one happens to be headed the same direction, but, at the same time, one hates to appear a stalker.

Deep philosophical musings aside, I present this pert, slightly sun-pinkened (one assumes) double handful as this week’s pinup to symbolize summer’s leaving the beaches followed by the onset of autumn.

True, we had the equinox a few weekends ago, but this past Sunday, the temperature in northwest Florida PLUMMETED to sixty-seven degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime from a high that had been in the nineties ever since the equinox.

Also, there was a stiff easterly breeze bringing chilly sprinkles of rain that served as a not so gentle reminder that, yes, Virginia, Florida does get winter.

So I reluctantly wave bye-bye to bare beach cheeks for the time being. They will return, in all their sun-screened glory, as soon as this cold snap ends, which should not take long, here on the sun swept Gulf Coast.

Meanwhile, I will take hold of the Halloween spirit the cool weather has evoked in me and keep my eye out for a likely looking Jack-o-lantern pumpkin.

That is all.

Devlin out.

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Brave New World

Oct 3, 2017 by

Generally, the police wait until they get you to a private room down at the station to do the strip search – unless, like Jeannie here, you lip off to them and cause a scene.

Such is the case in a certain part of Neverwasnia, anyway. 

There, not only do clothes become a privilege and not a right, but also you get your bottom smacked by both officers all the way to the squad car.

Just something to keep in mind if you’re caught leaving your candy wrapper or soda bottle on the train floor, girls.

And you didn’t think there were any actual photos of Home in Neverwasnia, did you?

That is all.

Devlin out.

PS – Aldous Huxley died the same day as President John F. Kennedy, 22 November 1963. Make of that what you will.

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Pinup Friday

Sep 29, 2017 by

As promised a couple of weeks ago, here is Roxi Dlite again. Last time, you remember, she wore a really revealing costume, part of which consisted of a shelf bra, plus pasties, along with a short-skirted panty that scarcely covered her bottom. 

When I published the bit, Errinn sent us this photo of Roxi, who is now completely sans culottes. The picture has been so enhanced that she looks more like a Vargas painting than a real girl, which is quite all right. Art should imagine the ideal, and I do not begrudge repixillation to anyone talented enough to do it this well.

As it is, her pose reminds me of old French postcards, so the fact that she is wearing nothing but a pair of gold lamé spike heels does not, in this case, bother me. Since she is standing on them, they do what they are supposed to do – uplift milady’s derriere and make it more desirable and attractive to milord’s eye, as if hers needed such assistance.

And now I’m wondering if the title of this picture should be Moon Glow or something along those lines, as the round, white parasol along with the double crescent moon at the center of the image would suggest.

In any event, if I had a garage, this would be hanging above the work bench.

I’d hang it above the radial arm saw, but that’s just asking for trouble. A guy needs to really focus on the job when he uses a radial arm saw. 

That is all.

Devlin out.

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So Long, Hef

Sep 28, 2017 by

You were a class act. You brought girly pictures out of the back alleys, cleaned them up, and introduced them to middle class homes.

 

You showcased great writers and printed thoughtful, in-depth interviews.

 

And even though your magazine almost never mentioned this thing we do, you did know how to show off girls’ bottoms to their best advantage.

It was a great run for you, Hef. Thanks for sharing your vision with the world.

Hugh Marston Hefner, 1926-2017

That is all.

Devlin out.

 

 

 

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Pinup Friday

Sep 15, 2017 by

This week’s pinup puzzler is a bare-bottomed doozy, boys and girls! 

In this painting, it seems that in order to register as little weight as possible, the blonde has removed all of her clothing, as well as, apparently, her nipples.

So now, she is demonstrating annoyance toward the spaniel that is putting its paws on the scale and adding avoirdupois to the reading.

The conundrum, then, is — why does she still have her shoes on?

Your guess is as good as mine, kids, so get your answers into the comments now! 

And remember — spelling and creativity count!

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