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Rationed Underwear

October 31 2007 at 7:31 AM
Peter  (no login)
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About two weeks ago in a posting Hegomeny mentioned that he had started freeballing because when he was growing up just after the war many boys did not wear underpants because of wartime rationing.It would be interesting to know if boys underwear was rationed during the war years and how many boys went without because Moms decided to use the rations coupons elsewhere.I grew up in the late fifties/sixties and at primary school we were not allowed to wear underwear for any sports at nay time of the year.This was supposedly for health reasons.Probably about a quater of my P.E class were full time freeballers by grade 7.What was interesting that of the boys who freeballed one was a set of twins whose father was a Doctor who had suggested to his sons to freeball for the sake of good health.Has anyone had similar experiences?

 
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Nat
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Re: Rationed Underwear

October 31 2007, 8:42 AM 

I've read that certain women's undergarments- anything made of silk, nylon or rayon were rationed- or simply unavailable during WW-II because such material was reserved for making Parachutes and such but I have never read or heard of any effect on male underwear here in the states.

I think it's interesting that so many European posters note that underwear was not permitted under P.E. clothes. I never heard of this here in the US- on the contrary- many coaches even required students to wear jockstraps during P.E. and school sports.

 
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lthrbearbob
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Gym

October 31 2007, 9:43 AM 

I was in school in the 60's and even then some guys were afraid to remove all their clothes when changing for gym class. Many of them wore their jock over their white briefs, that way they didn't have to remove their briefs. I think even then some were afraid of others looking at their cock and balls in the locker room. Now me I was afraid if I looked too much I would get a hard on. Another thing you had to worry about was if someone was going to sneak up behind you and pull your gym shorts down. This happened many times during the year. The instructors just looked the other way except if you were freeballing. Then while your shorts were around your ankles you received a lecture about not wearing a jock strap.

 
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Nat
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Showers

October 31 2007, 10:09 AM 

You didn't have to shower in PE? When I was taking PE ('59-'64) it was made clear that showers weren't an option- they were a requirement! And any kid who acted shy was teased unmercifully. In fact it was just the opposite of today- boldly striping naked was the macho thing to do and those who acted bashful were thought to be gay.

 
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Techie
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P.E. Showers

November 18 2007, 10:51 AM 


I was in school in the early '70s in the U.S. and we were required to shower after phys. ed.

 
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Re: Rationed Underwear

October 31 2007, 8:18 PM 

I've read that male underwear was pretty scarce in the UK during WWII but womens underwear was somewhat more available, just not the kind that women would have found desirable or fashionable before the war. So its not surprising that under those circumstances men & boys would be freeballing.

 
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Andy
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"Needs must" as we say

November 1 2007, 7:53 AM 

It was not especially underwear that was rationed during WW2 but clothing in general. The rationing was governed by a coupons system and you had a choice as to what you obtained with the very few clothing coupons you were allocated. Nobody would know whether you were wearing underwear or not so coupons would be reserved for the more practical garments - a suit or a warm coat. Nat's point about certain materials being reserved for parachute manufacture is also a good one. Of course Nat, the reverse was also true - that many an offcut of parachute material was stuffed down someones trousers or skirt to be sneaked past factory security and ended up being made into a ladies underskirt, etc. And the US GI's assembling in Britain for the D-Day invasion, with their pockets full of nylon stockings, were very very popular with the English girls. LOL

I was born just after WW2 so have no direct experience. My home was in a coal-mining area and I can tell you that (certainly when I was a kid) miners in general did not wear underwear for a very practical reason. This stemmed from the days when colliery workings did not always have pit-head baths - you would see the miners coming home as black as the coal they had been shovelling. Once home they would hang their filthy clothes behind the kitchen door and step straight into a tin bath full of hot water. Next day they would put on a clean shirt but dress in the same dirty working clothes to return to the colliery for the next shift. No underclothes were worn because they would have been completely black ("black bright" as we say in Yorkshire) and just something else to be washed. These were the days when there were no washing machines or modern detergents and shorts and underwear would have to be boiled and pounded by hand to get them clean, so wearing underwear was just making work for the woman of the house. The sons of miners tended to follow the example set by their fathers and most of my school pals went without. In fact underwear was considered a bit "sissy". My dad was not a miner but I was of course influenced by peers.

This was all around c.1950 but it sounds like ancient history. Times are very different now - lots of clothing but no coal industry!

 
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mark
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schooldays and miners

November 1 2007, 11:12 AM 

That's interesting. I was at school in England in the mid/late-70's in London, not a mining area, and the idea of underwear being a bit 'sissy' (= the opposite of 'macho') still existed. Anyone who was image-conscious was proud to say he didn't even own any. In addition to this, clothes were worn skin-tight by this time and no young guy wanted the outline of underwear, which was primitive by modern standards, showing through his trendy jeans. So even schoolkids who wore underwear with their uniforms would often take it off when they changed into casual clothes after school. Underwear was definitely not a fashion item at this time. I was in the Boy Scouts as well, and to get some badge or other I remember we had to show how to pack a rucksack efficiently for a week's camping trip. Underwear was certainly not part of the deal: took up too much space! On the subject of mining, I visit mines in Australia and Canada quite regularly as part of my work. Nowadays the miners generally wear a kind of cotton one-piece undergarment under their overalls and boots and they leave everything behind to be washed when they shower and change at the end of the shift. However mining is hot work, so you sometimes see miners wearing just the overalls and boots without the underwear. All the safety stuff like helmets is required, of course.

 
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Andy
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Hot work

November 2 2007, 9:33 PM 

As you say Mark, it was all very hot work and especially before mechanisation and it was all pick and shovel work. You reminded me that some of the underground workers would strip right off and only wear what were called "pit pants" (along with safety helmet and their steel-toed boots of course). Pit pants were a simple pair of cotton shorts, usually navy blue, with an elasticated waist. I had a pair handed down to me (cousin/uncle?) and I wore them for PE and Games right through school. Like a lot of other hand-me-downs you grew into them and then grew out of them - they started out miles too big and ended up miles too small!

 
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Jeffrey
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UW for sissies

November 1 2007, 12:41 PM 

What you say about UW being for sissies in England is interesting. I was there - stayed in London Borough of Southwark - for about a year in 1969-70. As I've posted before, I hadn't worn UW since about age 11 (1954). I noticed that FBing was far more common than I had noticed in North America, both in Canada and the US (Cdn student at Harvard Univ before and after the 1 yr abroad).

 
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Techie
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P.E. Jock Strap

November 18 2007, 10:57 AM 


I was in school in the U.S. in the early '70s and we were required to wear a jock under our gym shorts. Our phys. ed. instructors would occasionalyy pull a surprise jock check. We'd have to pull down our gym shorts so they could see our jock.

 
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Den
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Jock Strap in P.E.

November 18 2007, 5:09 PM 

I work in a private secondary school setting - have for almost 40 years. It used to be that jock straps were part and parcel of the P.E. uniform the kids had to purchase at the start of the school year, along with the shorts and t-shirt. Now only the shorts and shirts are sold - I doubt very few of the kids today would even know how to put a jockstrap on. Kids do, however, still take showers (in the nude) after P.E. classes on a regular basis.

 
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Jeffrey
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Re: Jock Strap in P.E.

November 20 2007, 7:50 PM 

I was in school in the 1950s and early 1960s. We were supposed to wear jock straps beneath our shorts in PE. I just never did (FBed). The only people who knew - except I guess those that got an occasional peak at my genitals - were those who changed in my vicinity in the locker room. It was never an issue.

I always thought jocks were gross. It's interesting that as an adult I now own a pair of ginch-gonch's underpants with straps in the rear like jock straps. I wear them to club nights where uw only is required. I otherwise FB 24/7 and have since age 11.

 
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cool beans boi
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Re: Jock Strap in P.E.

November 20 2007, 10:22 PM 

I have to agree with you abouts jocks. I never understood the attraction to them eithier. They always remind me of sweaty, hairy guys. Yikes!! I feel the need for a shower coming on. LOL

 
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ucRodger
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Re: Jock Strap in PE - hey 'beans, another gay guys's "tongue in cheek" point of view LOL

November 21 2007, 3:53 PM 

"I have to agree with you abouts jocks. I never understood the attraction to them eithier. They always REMIND ME of SWEATY, HAIRY guys. Yikes"!!

------ "I feel the need for a JO SESSION IN THE shower cuming on"

Beans, you can have the hairless bois; and I'll stick with the REAL men LOL

All kidding aside, I hope you, and all the rest of the Forum dudes (hairy OR smooth - part OR full timers) have a GR8 freeballin' TURKEY DAY!!!

ucR

 
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Bobby
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Re: Jock Strap in PE - hey 'beans, another gay guys's "tongue in cheek" point of view LOL

November 27 2007, 10:45 AM 

<QUOTE> have a GR8 freeballin' TURKEY DAY!!! <UNQUOTE>

Our turkey was definitely freeballin' <GRIN>

(And so were Ronnie and me)

Hugz
Bobby

 
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mark
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doctor's son

October 31 2007, 9:24 AM 

I was at school with someone whose father was a doctor, and he (the son) never wore underwear. We talked about it once and I remember he said something about it being healthy because of more air circulating around your body, but I don't know whether that was just his idea or whether his father had actually recommended it. He was an excellent footballer, and also freeballed under his soccer shorts.

 
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Nat
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Grow bigger

October 31 2007, 10:14 AM 

I know some thought the genitals would develop better- and grow bigger if not bound up in underwear.
They would point to photos in National Geographic showing naked natives with huge dangling dongs.
I must admit I kind of bought into this theory myself because I notice my flaccid penis was always bigger when freeballing.

 
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p
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Re: doctor's son

October 31 2007, 8:20 PM 

When I started feeeballing at around 11 it was in part because of two of my friends who also sometimes freeballed, and one of them was the son of a doctor, but I have no idea if that had anything to do with his freeballing.

 
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Kris
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Rationing

November 2 2007, 5:33 AM 

As a child in the UK in the forties and fifties I well remember rationing - particularly of sweets! - and I still have one of my old ration books, which contained coupons to be cut out by the shop-keeper when purchasing rationed items. My memories of underwear are that when I first started school, I had woollen vests (short-sleeves, round neck) and baggy underpants in winter, cotton singlets and uunderpants (also tending to baggy after a few washes) in summer. By the time I was 8 or 9 rationing was virtualy abolished, except for a few items, and the difference between winter and summer underwear had disappeared - it was all cotton. Until I was 12 or 13, I wasn't expected to wear underpants during the summer term and summer holiday (May - August approx). On the other hand, I was 10 before the idea of not wearing a vest in hot weather became acceptable, and I was 14 before I managed to stop wearing them altogether.

 
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