First I look at the nurse

As of this writing, the Collins-McCain Institute of Therapeutic Breast-Staring is conducting a full-frontal assault on the notion that one should not gaze at a woman’s rack; their theory, apparently, is that the salubrious health benefits of the stare outweigh the possibility of getting slapped upside the head.

Florence NightingaleCommenter Red, down in the Disqus thread, was mildly dismissive of the effort, saying: “So now maybe Christina Hendricks and Pamela Anderson can be likened to Florence Nightingale? Pshh.” In my capacity as Fringe Researcher, I set out to find a representative shot of a younger Florence Nightingale — she lived to be 90 — but cameras being in short supply in those days, I had to settle for this sketch [source], presumably made some time around 1840. They say the camera adds ten pounds, which may be true, but I don’t remember anyone saying that the pencil adds several inches. We’re not talking double D’s here by any stretch of the imagination, but let the record show that, contemporary fashions notwithstanding, Florence N. was at least somewhat curvy.

(Motivation: this King Shamus tweet, which described the Lee Remick shot from 1968, supra, as “Old Skool Hawtness.” Now this is Old Skool.)





5 comments

  1. Jeffro »

    5 March 2011 · 10:29 pm

    Hear, hear! To health!

  2. Tatyana »

    6 March 2011 · 6:36 am

    Then strictly for your health benefit, guys.
    The caption says:
    I so want to be a fragile, helpless girl.
    But houses are still burning and horses are still running*

    *Allusion to a line from widely known poem by Nekrasov, XIX cent. Russian poet, referring to Russian women:”[She} will stop a running away horse and will get in a burning house”

  3. Tatyana »

    6 March 2011 · 6:39 am

    oops, posted too soon.

    The rest of the stanza reads “as if on a chair, a toddler sits on her breasts”.

    It sounds like Nekrasov would approve the theory, isn’t it?

  4. Luther »

    6 March 2011 · 10:59 am

    I’ve always wondered what Mother Russia looked like… now I know. Thanks, Tatyana.

  5. KingShamus »

    6 March 2011 · 6:23 pm

    To Health!

    To Boobs!

    Two Boobs!

    Thanks for the shout-out, CG. I appreciate it.

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