HUNGARY: Barbaric Culture

Jampec (pronounced yam-petz), the Budapest imitation of the U.S. zoot suiter, was under severe attack from Hungary's Communist government. The government flayed the jampec as a sinister penetration of U.S. "barbaric culture" into Hungarian social life.

Managers of state-owned clothing shops displayed mannikins dressed in the jampec style, along with the warning that "everybody who imitates this American fashion madness belongs to the capitalist U.S. in spirit." One shop window (see cut) showed a gorilla next to a jampec and a telegram from the Budapest zoo's monkey house protesting against the...

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