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Betty Boop’s Famous…. Garter

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Max and me in Miami, Florida
Circa 1940. Collection: V. Mahoney

MAX and Me
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by Ginny Mahoney
Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer

Betty came to life in 1930 when women, having won the right to vote just a decade earlier, were finally liberating themselves from tight, uncomfortable undergarments like girdles with attached metal clasps that held their stockings up.  For the modern, more liberated woman of the 1930s, “garter belts” and “roll garters” offered a newfound sense of freedom and liberation.  Not only did they secure a lady’s stockings without the use of awkward, pinching metal clips, they freed women entirely from the restriction and discomfort of girdles! Betty’s garter wasn’t just a fashion statement; it was one of the symbols of her status as a modern, liberated woman. For more conservative elders, the image of young women dancing with flashes of a garter belt showing represented everything scandalous and provocative about the fashions of day, making the placement of the garter belt as much a statement about a woman’s status as the wearing of it.

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Happy Birthday, Betty Boop!

Hey, there, Boopsters!

Did you know? According to the 1998 edition of Guiness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” – or more simply, “Happy Birthday” – is the most frequently sung song in the English language. That’s right. The lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages and the song is sung in countries around the world.

This Saturday, August 9, we can all sing “Happy Birthday” to our favorite cartoon sweetheart, Betty Boop!

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