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Steamy Homoerotic World War II Towel Ads

Hard bodies + soft towels. Slightly naughty. The series, titled “true towel tales,” was based on real GI feedback.

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Via the South Pacific, our boys put weighted nets down to keep the crocks out. 1943.

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Via the Solomon Islands. No-no, take your time drying off, we’re in no hurry. 1943.

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A Roman bath near the Mediterranean. 1944.

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At an Alaskan airfield. Cold water causes shrinkage. 1943.

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Burlesque show at a beach in New Guinea. 1943.

Ads illustrated by James Bingham. Ad agency: N. W. Ayer.

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