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Vintage Party Swingers

Today, when we hear of “party swingers” from the 60s and 70s, we think of sexual swingers, wife swapping, key parties and, possibly, group sex. But as this benign specimen shows, swingers were often just boozers.

The box suggests that this is “What’s Happening!” and that you use this drinking glass with metal chain in the following fashion:

Hangs Around Your Neck To Keep Your Hands Free… For Better Things!

Yet, in the photo on the box label, a gentleman with a plate full of party food still keeps his hand firmly on the glass, suggesting the bad idea just waiting to happen. Ahh, spills and thrills.

The label illustration also shows the man also holding the glass, while the lady does not. Perhaps her sweater meat puppets hold the glass more securely in place. But then that hardly keeps male hands free for groping… Be it groping for food, sweater meat puppets, her drink — or his way to the bathroom.

In this way, one could see this novelty item as favoring women, assisting them in their groping of men. Or, being lightweights in the alcohol department, or at least tipsy on heels, women are seen as needing more help groping their way along walls for support. Sexist? Maybe.

In any case, you can grab the pair of these babies for just $15 (plus shipping).

The seller of this one offers moral condemnation along with the item’s description:

If you owned one of these back in the day, you ought to keep it to yourself.

I submit that this is a rather poor way to garner sales (especially when it’s priced higher; $25 for one glass and the box) from collectors like me; but I’ll just toast to them, as I often do the preachy conservatives.

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