Rationed Underwear

Rationed Underwear

Peter
Peter

October 31st, 2007, 11:31 am #1

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
Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

October 31st, 2007, 12:42 pm #2

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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Joined: July 28th, 2003, 11:13 am

October 31st, 2007, 1:24 pm #3

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?
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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lthrbearbob
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October 31st, 2007, 1:43 pm #4

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.
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
Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

October 31st, 2007, 2:09 pm #5

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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Nat
Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

October 31st, 2007, 2:14 pm #6

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.
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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November 1st, 2007, 12:18 am #7

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.
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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November 1st, 2007, 12:20 am #8

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.
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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Andy
Andy

November 1st, 2007, 11:53 am #9

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.
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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Joined: July 28th, 2003, 11:13 am

November 1st, 2007, 3:12 pm #10

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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