Do It With Your Shoes On
Vogue December 1979 Shoe Advertisement - A hidden Message ?
So I saw this advertisement in the December 1979 issue of Vogue. At first I couldn't figure it out.... it's an ad for shoes, but what do people in an old sauna wearing towels have to do with shoes? The people are wearing them but who's noticing? Then I started to think of bathhouses. Is the adveriser is telling these folks to do "it" with their shoes on? Probably, since there were a lot of raids on gay bathhouses during the 1960s and 1970s.
A Hidden Message ?
"The Nunn Bush Shoe Company." When this issue of Vogue came out, the Vice-President was George H.W. Bush, former CIA Director. Nunn probably refers to Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia. Nunn was one of the few members of the Senate Democrats who favored confirming Bush as CIA Director in 1976. (A mistrustfull Congress had just come off the Watergate hearings and a campaign slush fund scandal involving Bush. ) Nunn also was a member of the Permanant Subcommittee on Investigations from 1979 to 1980. The subcommittee's legal authority included government waste, national security issues and racketeering and organized crime.
So the "Do it with your shoes on," in the Nunn Bush add, could've meant, "Watch out at the Bathhouses. Vice-President Bush's "friend," on the Investigations subcommitte might raid this place at any time.
(Former U.S. Senator Barney Frank once noted that Nunn fired two of his staffers for being gay.)
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