“What’s My Line?” Clip from January 27, 1957

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As Froomkin notes, the Mystery Guest is surreal. What I also find interesting is that even though the female panelists are hyper-feminizied with lacy blindfolds (which I’m guessing were pink) and high maintenance hair, make-up and clothing, they are permitted to be smart and assertive players. Also, note the glaring “sponsorship” advertisement on the front of the desk which the panelists sit behind is for a beauty products company. The host, male panelists, and male announcer do not seem to fear that this causes girl cooties!

–Ann Bartow

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