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I Look So Fat Here

I am sure that many people will take comfort in knowing that looking like a stick insect is not a reflection of the style of the last few years but something that was around when Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other curvy figures were the epitome of sexy.
I guess 'Joan' from Mad Men can credit herself with single-handedly moving the goalposts for a whole new generation.
Apropos Mad Men, last night's episode her in the UK [Don gets an award for Glo Coat] was a good chance to see Jon Hamm - an actor with real range - at work.

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Ransom Riggs over at mental_floss has created a nice post of found snapshots. "One thing I’ve found a lot of," he writes, "is photos where people have written deprecating things—usually about themselves—on the back. 'I look so fat here!' is a shockingly common theme; I guess people were as concerned with their weight (and as self-conscious about pictures of themselves) fifty and sixty years ago as they are today."
I agree with him about the poignancy of the "sad and plain" one (the plaintive cry of the self in the world), and "Pardon the beak!" is funny.
Read more at theonlinephotographer.typepad.com

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