She had just removed a pair of unused but old fully fashioned stockings. They were the kind that were held up by a suspender belt with two clip buttons for each leg. They must have been one of the great 'turn ons' in their day but the most awkward and uncomfortable thing to wear. Anyway, she hadn't saved a belt so there was no demo and no 'turn on'. However, it reminded me of a friend who I worked with some 50 years ago when we operated a mobile museum service for the whole of South Yorkshire.
Jack Corker was a much older man than me and was a great artist. During WW2 his steady artistic hand was much in demand by all the young women of the day. Few of them could afford stockings in those days, let alone fully fashioned ones with a seam down the back. Those girls were not to be denied however and would often use a coffee mixture to rub on their legs so as to make it look like they were wearing stockings. Going one step further, it only required the steady hand of Jack Corker to add the final touch in the form of a black line down the back of the leg. He was so good at it that the girls used to que up to avail themselves of his services. He told me that he always liked to take his time with the job so as everyone was satisfied. He reckoned he could stand in the dance hall and rattle off the colour of every pair of nickers on the floor.
His favourite artist was Augustus John and he used to doodle on any bit of paper lying around in that artist's style. When I left the museum service, he gave me a framed copy of one of his drawings. I will try to copy it and put it up on the board.
RIP Jack Corker.
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