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Enjoy a Trip Into Lingerie History With This 1979 Victoria's Secret Catalog

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The Victoria's Secret catalog is now the domain of bewinged and bedazzled supermodels, but once upon a time it was a place where young ladies lounged in bed, read books together, and chatted in front of still life paintings. Take a trip into underwear history with this artifact from 1979, and allow your mind to be boggled by just how much we've left in lingerie catalog past—the bizarro boudoir setting, the presence of both nipples and pubic hair, the reliance on triangle composition—as well as the serious staying power of over-tanning. Click through the gallery above to relive the glory, and thanks toRetrospace for bringing this gem to our attention.
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