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    James Montgomery Flagg: Great Letter Defining "Decency"! Typed Letter Signed, with a signature over 5 inches long; 1 page, 8.5" by 11", Biddeford Pool, Me., July 17, 1921. To reporter Mary Ethel McAuley, a nascent tear at the center fold, some wrinkles at the corners, but generally very good. With Autograph Envelope. Here the illustrator of comely "Flagg Girls" replies, apparently, to a question about decency. In full: "It seems to me you might make your question easier if you named the locality - decency being indecency in different latitudes. Decency to me means a lack of ugliness. What is ugly is indecent. You know that to some people decency is something they are accustomed to. To some minds flying in the air is not decent. After they get accustomed to the fact it loses its indecency. It is the same with bathing suits. I should say that a bathing suit that was tight enough to betray an ugly sagging paunch on man or woman was indecent - tho the same tightness of garment on a beautiful body was not indecent. It isn't the suit that is indecent - it's the minds that behold it, providing the wearer is normal." From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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