Here is another Very Bad Idea, based on the theory that dear little retro children ought to be really uncomfortable. And while they are being uncomfortable, let it be (in theory) For Their Own Good.
The Nickel Adjustments in particular sound unpleasant. As do the words "strong rubber posts" and "gripping." It looks as if a parachute ought to be attached to the back of this contraption. If it was, at least the girl could get away from the adults who thought this was a good idea.
I was about her age a decade after this 1958 ad, and so missed out on the Shoulder Supporters (fortunately). But I remember hating high socks, which never did stay high, but drooped bit by bit into one's sensible shoes as the day wore on. That was fun.
Not as fun as my horrible paper dance costume circa 1970, though.
Our grade school had a dance festival in a nearby park every year, called the June Fete. The year I was in second grade we had to do a pseudo-Roaring-Twenties line-dance interpretation of the Bunny Hop. I can't imagine what the thinking behind this was, but we had to do it.
The girls were made to wear crepe paper skirts over opaque tights, and headbands decorated with colored-Kleenex carnations. Like this horrible concoction of Nickel Adjustments and rubber posts, this was a Very Bad Look.
I could have used a parachute that day, too.
What did you hate wearing as a kid? Was it as bad as this?