Feb. 18, 1942: Pvt. Fred A. Ranker of the 3rd Coast Artillery begins a campaign against what he considers women’s unflattering uniforms. On his first pass since Pearl Harbor, Ranker dashed to Hollywood Boulevard.
“Instead of the usual beauty parade, we saw hordes of mannish creatures in unpressed ‘skibby’ khaki striding up and down the boulevard,” he said.
The Ft. McArthur Alert — apparently the base newspaper — took up the cause and persuaded Olivia de Havilland to pose for pictures in a uniform and an evening dress.
“Even with the beauty that is hers, uniforms look mannish. They lack appeal. This should prove an eye-opener to less attractive damsels. The second picture shows the way John Soldier would like to see American women when he is given a short pass from the rigors of 24-hour duty.”
Got that gals? Put on your war paint and 86 the camouflage when you stroll Hollywood Boulevard! [It’s a little difficult to determine what “skibby” khaki is. Any ideas among the Brain Trust?]