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What To Do If Your Panties Fall Down In Public

Updated on February 24, 2008

The Man Behind The Pictures

Art Frahm (1907-1981) was an American painter who is perhaps best known for his high 'camp' pictures of women whose pink knickers were at any given time susceptible to their knickers falling down! This especially seemed to occur in public places.

Wardrobe Malfunction

This is wardrobe malfunction of a serious nature and was the theme most often revisited by Frahm. Not much is known about this artist but it is documented that he enjoyed commercial success painting for magazines, calendars and advertisements with Coca-Cola and Coppertone being two of his more high profile clients.

Many of his works are considered to be outstanding examples of the glamour genre and he has been compared favourably with another great master painter of the pin up genre, Gil Elvgren.

Pioneer Of The 'Panties Falling Down' Genre

The 'panties falling down' genre seems to have been created by Frahm and was later imitated by other pin-up artists notably Jay Scott Pike who gave us this interpretation of the damsel in distress.

Cult Status

It seems that Frahm developed and maintains something of a cult following amongst lovers of pin up art - particularly kitsch pin up art - with some holding up his work as early examples of fetish art. Indeed in recent years several fetish photographers have attempted to recreate the 'panties falling down' images with Goth/Fetish models.

By far the best and funniest analysis of Art Frahm's 'panties falling down' pictures can be found on James Lileks website. This is well worth a look!

Whatever your opinion about these images you cannot deny that there is something irresistibly fun about the curious art of Mr Art Frahm.


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      5 years ago

      If a ladies knicker's fall down in public, she should be spanked on her bare bottom.

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      Phil O'Dendron 

      7 years ago

      Who doesn't like pictures of women in a humorously embarrassing situation? This isn't mean, hateful, or exploitative....merely a tribute to lovely women, and mens attraction to them.

      People need to dump the feminist rhetoric and just enjoy a laugh and a modestly sexy pinup. It's fun.

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      8 years ago

      What a "crack up" a lady who dislikes women being exploited in a "sexual manor" a manor now is that Hugh Hefners house she is worried about? Frankly were a lady to reach the point that she is being exploited in any "manor" I wager that she isn't complaining - Actually there are no women involved or exploited here in this pin up cite but they are "images" of women and executed with style and in playful jest - CHEESE if you will and all other sad shortsighted and shallow minded feminists were to leave their guard down, they would learn that their world today is far more severe, inhumane, unnatural, angry, and unhealthy and uglier than during eras where men were men and women were loved and cherished for who they were. Exploited? My ass! Women were loved in my era and these days, a greater majority of women are far from lovable! You have feminism to thank for that! Feminism has made our world a very sick place - BUT we do have statistics that prove that women fall dead from coronaries just like men do due to stress and overwork, and more women are divorced, single parents and struggling due to their asking for equality -- We weren't meant to be equal in every "MANOR" and will never be, but I hope feminists enjoyed smelling up the joint for every body - Here at least women are depicted losing their panties elastics - Feminism took a dump in the punchbowl of society -- which is more favorable?

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      8 years ago

      Exploits? Objectifies? Degrades? What feminist nonsense. A man is an 'object' in a woman's real and imaginary environment just as a woman is in a man's. It is a celebration and humourous. It glorifies a woman's ability to electrify a man's heart. It is a visual poem to women. She doesn't wear little frilly knickers to keep warm but to produce warmth, not frigid feminist fatuity.

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      9 years ago

      It was happened to me, cross the shopping center. VERY embarrassed!!!

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      9 years ago

      I hate that it degrades, exploits, objectifies women as sexual objects of men's pleasure.

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      9 years ago

      I guess all men are just programmed wrong!

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      9 years ago from MA

      I love your choice of topics...thanks

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      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great hub, an amusing look at a bygone art style.

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      Joseph Addams 

      10 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      What an awesome hub. Great job!

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      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      I love this and I love the pin-up artwork but...I HATE the exploitation of women in a sexual manor. Guess it is much better to look at than the butt cracks of plumbers, tongue in cheek! Nice hub and quite interesting.


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