The tension in this Arrow shirt ad is palpable.
(click ad, via) Visual portion of a 1954 ad for a particularly ghastly Arrow shirt. Before we begin the anthropological analysis, let's enter that yellow thing into this vintage men's fashion Ugly-Off.
OK. What exactly is going here in this—what looks like—Mexican tourist gift shop? Is the lady buying the hideous hat openly flirting with Arrow Man in front of her husband? Or is Mr. Blue Shirt the Arrow man's impatient lover? Arrow Man has his sperm-speckled shirt tucked into his swim trunks—something a style-conscious gay man would never do. Is he covering his burgeoning erection with that blue bull? Maybe Arrow man is a British secret agent being tailed by a Russian mole (Blue Shirt)? The man in the blue shirt is very short.
Related: Members Only (shudder) jacket ad.