A funny story—I bet he would be shocked at the world today. Do you know what the name of the store could have been on 23rd street in Birmingham?
A BASHFUL EDITOR
He Protests Against Girls Selling Men’s Underclothing
(transcribed form the Weekly Iron Age, Birmingham, Alabama – July 28, 1887)
In the name of bashful masculinity, I want to protest against the employment of women in stores devoted to the sale of what is known in the trade as “gents furnishing good.” A few days ago I had occasion to buy some summer undergarments, and searched through a big dry goods establishment on Twenty-third street until I found the proper counter, and to my dismay discovered instead of a clerk of my own sex, a rather pretty girl handling the goods with a business-like air.
Mustered up the courage
I mustered up courage enough to ask stammeringly for some undershirts. She produced the article, and, with a cold perspiration all over me, I requested, “I want the—ah, that is, I want the rest of the suit.”
She surveyed me boldly and coldly, and drawled out in loud and distinct tones:
“You want a pair of drawers?”
The room was pretty crowded, and a general laugh went up at my expense, particularly from the girl clerks. I grabbed my purchase as soon as possible, and went out with a flaming face. I believe other bashful men besides myself are kept away from such counters by the sex of their attendants.
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