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What a fun find! Vintage novelty metal bottle openers in the shapes of women - on their original card! The top row features bathing beauties in Gibson Girl style bathing suits, and in the bottom row they've shed their suits and are buck nekkid! To me, they look like mermaids with the shape of the opener. The title on the card is Bathing Girls & September Morns*. Circa 1915.

Heavily nickel plated, made to "attach to key ring." Manufactured by the Vaughan Novelty Mfg. Co., Chicago, Ill. (I learned online that Vaughan was founded as the Crown Throat & Opener Company in 1910.) Each bottle opener is just under 3" long. There is some corrosion & rust, but no real wear since they've never been used. (Mermaid & bathing beauty figurines not included)

*Refers to the famous painting by the French artist Paul Émile Chabas. From Wikipedia: Matinée de Septembre (or September Morn)...Painted over three summers ending in 1912, it became famous when it provoked a scandal in the USA. September Morn by Paul Chabas, 1910–1912, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkChabas first exhibited the painting in the Paris Salon of 1912, where it won a medal but did not create any sensation. The next year, when it was displayed in a window of an art gallery in Chicago, Illinois (USA), it came to the attention of the mayor of the city, Carter Harrison, Jr., who charged the owner of the gallery with indecency. The resulting court case, which the art dealer won, made the painting famous.

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Bare Naked Ladies Figural Bottle Openers New Old Stock Original Vaughan Novelties Store Display Card


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: nickel plated metal, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from Oklahoma, United States
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