Bubbles Better Days! Burlesque and the Breaking Bubble Balloon Vintage Sleaze
Bubbles has had better days. In 1952, she was created to puff up her boobs like a balloon dancer with remarkable boob power (or a fellow who can stick his gut out from here to there)...but if you tried to squeeze her today she would break like a cookie. Remarkably, there is no manufacturer indicated on the box, the insert, or even on Bubbles herself. She is a kind of gummy, cellulose thing, a chemical process which probably went out not soon after she was molded. I'm not saying Bubbles is toxic, but I wouldn't put her in my mouth, then OR now. I considered equating her name with the now fairly widely known expression "bubble-butt" which some of you may or may not have heard, but as her "bubbles" came from above the waist-line, it would be a stretch.
The real bubble dance is, of course, a part of show-biz history. Sally Rand probably perfected it rather than invented it, but it remains associated with her. Burlesque, striptease or pole dancing...the whole game is about hiding and revealing. But in this case the game was to blimp out anatomy portions like a Thanksgiving day float.
Bubbles Toy 1952 Collection Victor Minx