Quote from kjm84
For one I have no idea what a musette bag is.
I'm pretty sure most people would no longer say something such as "gay material".
What the heck does "polish brighter than Windsor" mean and why is it "taboo"?
Definitely an interesting flyer to read.
Musette bag: "a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings, food, etc., while hiking, marching, or the like." These are the standard issue bags you saw and still see both male and females in the military carrying.
Windsor Rose was a popular shade of Revlon nail polish and IIRC also came as a lipstick (Revlon was one of the first cosmetic companies to produce matching nail and lippie shades). It was a rosy red with a bit of mauve as opposed to blood/dark bluish or "w***" red thus acceptable shade for respectable women. Flight attendants of the period were just beginning to be allowed to wear nail polish and Windsor was one of the shades they were restricted to wearing.
Painted nails like painted faces was gaining respectability by the 1940's but there were limits. Certain shades of either were just "taboo" for well brought up young ladies and proper ladies. Dark nail polishes and lippies were associated with females of "low" morals. *LOL*
Gay in the 1940's and indeed in much of the English speaking world such as Great Britain meant happy or pleasing. Gay colours or gay material simply meant bright and cheerful. After the 1960's or so with the associations with homosexuals the word dropped out of fashion for it's original use by most, but late as the 1980's you'd still hear it in adverts in the UK.