Not Your Father’s Republican Party

LIFE magazine has been delving into its archives, and pulled out this feature:

GOP WOMEN PARTY HARD, 1941
“On the evening of May 20,” begins an article in the June 16, 1941, issue of LIFE magazine, “members of the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, Conn., explored the pleasures of tobacco, poker, the strip tease and such other masculine enjoyments as had frequently cost them the evening companionship of husbands, sons and brothers.”

Thus the storied weekly and photographer Nina Leen chronicled the shenanigans that erupted when a group of GOP women got together for an old-fashioned “smoker” (noun: an informal social gathering for men only) on one long, memorable night in southern New England.

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You can find 15 more snapshots of the pre-War On Women GOP here. Giggity.

Posted by YAFB on 10/21/12 at 03:34 PM • Permalink

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I don’t know; selling the idea of smoking tobacco as a symbol of liberation seems consistent with the Republicans today.

Comment by Lancelot Link on 10/21/12 at 08:15 PM

I agree. But,of course back in the 1940s that would have been seen as being rebellious. Back then, most women in the cities were Democrats if they voted at all because they were either working or they had worked during WWII and were now mothers/house wives. The corporate wives and Midwest/West farmer wives certainly were Republicans back then but otherwise the Southern racists and Northern liberals voted Democratic if they voted at all (usually not - voting rates have actually increased in recent decades).

Call me crazy, those ladies look like a blast.

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