Bettie Page

By The History Detectives Team
30 July 2012
Category: Viewer Mailbag

Allen Johnson, a History Detectives viewer sent us an interesting email we wanted to share…

I noticed that the slide that was the focus of your investigation appeared to be included in an "Industrial Training Presentation". Actually this was quite common in the late 1950's, 1960's and early 1970's.  A Trainer or Safety Representative would "spice up" their presentation with a slide or two similar to the Bettie slide.  The idea was to keep the attention of the participants or provide a laugh at the end of the presentation.  At that time in our history, the target workforce would have been male dominated and our social climate was accepting of that form of behavior.  Therefore as you pointed out, a Presenter took a slide they found and modified or copied it for inclusion to what was probably a rather boring "training session".

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