Erotic underwear makes post-Depression return

The Co-op's window display of what passed for raunchy underwear in 1932.  Picture courtesy of John Sadden.
The Co-op's window display of what passed for raunchy underwear in 1932. Picture courtesy of John Sadden.
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Many of you will recall the landmark building in Fratton Road, Portsmouth – the Co-op department store, seen in about 1910.

It was established at this location in 1887, originally as several specialist shops including drapery, furnishings, grocery, bakery and footwear. It was some time before they were amalgamated to become the department store we remember.

In 1989 the Bridge shopping centre replaced it and, once again, specialist shops occupied the site alongside the large Asda supermarket.

The main picture was taken in 1932 and shows a re-emergence of erotic (for the time) underwear and stockings after the Great Depression.

The 1970s clearly brought colourful fashions, as well as a new invention, colour television, which is advertised in the 1971 photograph as available for hire, plus dividend stamps too, of course.