May 8, 2013

Vintage Video: The Buffer Belt

The buffer belt was a Paris novelty that women tied around their waists.  It was designed to keep men and women apart while dancing.  I have to say, it's kind of a weird contraption, and based on the title card ("Every day in every way Continental dances get closer and closer, so the Paris Eves have just started "Buffer States" of their own") seemed to be more of a chastity belt substitute than a device that improved dancing.  This clip was filmed in about 1925 or 1926.


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