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Gingersnap
11-04-2010, 03:44 PM
1920s chocolate box model deemed too risque

A model used on a chocolate box in the 1920s has had to be toned down for its 21st century re-launch after being deemed too raunchy for modern consumers.

Published: 9:30AM GMT 03 Nov 2010

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Bettys papier mache vintage box, left, and the new tin Photo: Glen Minikin/rossparry.co.uk

Staff at the world famous Bettys Tea Rooms unearthed the ornate model on top of a 90-year-old chocolate box buried deep in their archives.

The racy image deemed suitable for the 20s has now been chosen to appear on the boxes of their new vintage chocolates, released later this month, but not before making the mystery muse less risque.

The pretty brunette has had buttons added to her clothes, her hair smoothed down and a suggestively arched eyebrow has been lowered to make the box more appropriate to the tea room's wholesome image.

Sarah Wells, who looks after the Bettys archive, said: "We would certainly not like to be thought of as prudish, but as a family business we took the decision that an extra button or two would not go amiss.

"Our mystery model is absolutely beautiful and very seductive but she is leaving very little to the imagination.

"I am surprised at how daring the original chocolate box is for its time as there is quite a lot of flesh on display.

"I know there were flappers and jazz bands, but it is still not far from the Victorian period.

"The fact that it is still a bit risque even nowadays shows it must have caused quite a stir.

"It is dear to our hearts that Bettys remains romantic rather than racy."

I doubt it caused any "stir" at all. The image of a willing woman on a bear (or tiger) skin rug was a pretty common visual signal for "Hey, baby!" in that era.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8107490/1920s-chocolate-box-model-deemed-too-risque.html)

hampshirebrit
11-04-2010, 03:53 PM
I prefer the 1920s version. She looks like she's more, ahem, "available" than the newer one. Plus she's three-dimensional, which helps quite a bit.

linda22003
11-04-2010, 04:59 PM
I prefer the 1920s version. She looks like she's more, ahem, "available" than the newer one. Plus she's three-dimensional, which helps quite a bit.

Hamp... Hamp.... save up your money and get a REAL one. :p

marv
11-04-2010, 05:50 PM
It's funny how things change......

When I was a kid, sixty or so years ago, girls didn't wear tops until their breasts started to develop. Today, girls wear tops as soon as they're out of diapers. Then, when their eighteen or so, they take them off.

I just dunno.........

hampshirebrit
11-04-2010, 06:02 PM
Hamp... Hamp.... save up your money and get a REAL one. :p

What, the bear-rug? I think they're illegal, these days. :)

Gingersnap
11-04-2010, 06:21 PM
What, the bear-rug? I think they're illegal, these days. :)

Not in the U.S.A. We have extra bears, also - extra women. :)

Bubba Dawg
11-04-2010, 06:21 PM
Hamp... Hamp.... save up your money and get a REAL one. :p

Hamps only gets the very best, Linda, so money is no object, even allowing for inflation....I mean inflation in price of course. Inflation of his love toy is compleatly to be expected.

hampshirebrit
11-04-2010, 07:07 PM
Hamps only gets the very best, Linda, so money is no object, even allowing for inflation....I mean inflation in price of course. Inflation of his love toy is compleatly to be expected.

I'm shocked that you'd say that, and a bit let down, too.

Bubba Dawg
11-04-2010, 07:09 PM
I'm shocked that you'd say that, and a bit let down, too.

I have a patch kit....I mean, for bicycle tires....D'oh!!!!!!:eek::o

Gingersnap
11-04-2010, 07:12 PM
Sure it is....:rolleyes:

Bubba Dawg
11-04-2010, 07:18 PM
Sure it is....:rolleyes:

Hey, a guy like me doesn't have to resort to Filipino Granny Sex Love Dolls. :o

Milly
11-04-2010, 07:26 PM
I doubt it caused any "stir" at all. The image of a willing woman on a bear (or tiger) skin rug was a pretty common visual signal for "Hey, baby!" in that era.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8107490/1920s-chocolate-box-model-deemed-too-risque.html)

The period from the end of WW I to the depths of the Great Depression was actually pretty raunchy. I've seen some silent movies - meant for mass consumption - that left little to the imagination. The Hays Commission changed all that, of course.

Gingersnap
11-04-2010, 08:03 PM
The period from the end of WW I to the depths of the Great Depression was actually pretty raunchy. I've seen some silent movies - meant for mass consumption - that left little to the imagination. The Hays Commission changed all that, of course.

A woman after my own heart. I've also seen a number of the pre-Hays commission films and you are exactly right - some of them were incredibly raunchy. Pornographic, even. We're talking about homosexual, deviant, and sadistic content.

That's why I doubt the statuette raised any eyebrows back then. This was the same era in which wealthy women attended spas offering "uterine manipulation" to relieve female trouble. I seriously doubt those women left before they had a happy ending. :cool:

Milly
11-04-2010, 08:49 PM
I enjoyed the silent version of Ben-Hur better than the 1950s one. God, the sea battle was incredible! (We can add blood and gore to the list of items not lacking in early movies.)

Too bad about Ramon Novarro.

linda22003
11-05-2010, 08:43 AM
I enjoyed the silent version of Ben-Hur better than the 1950s one. God, the sea battle was incredible! (We can add blood and gore to the list of items not lacking in early movies.)

Too bad about Ramon Novarro.

You're absolutely right. The chariot race is far more impressive than the 1958 version, especially considering the equipment of the time. It's too bad people won't watch silents any more. Hell, I've heard younger people won't even watch black and white films.