U.S. At War: Wolf Stripes

Zoot suitists deprived of drape shapes, reet pleats and stuff cuffs by WPB edict have a new decorative theme with which to express themselves in San Francisco and Oakland. War-working jalopy jerks find love stripes, painted diagonally across the doors of their hot irons,† the quickest way to let hep twists know what kind of wolf is giving them a gander. One stripe indicates single male on the scout. Two stripes—going steady but still stuff seeking. Three stripes—practically engaged, looking for no pickups. Four stripes—in the saddle, all soaped up, or married.

† Autos.


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