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