Anyone who has ever smoked or still does, knows that a big part of the habit is the ritual – to mention a few, opening the packs, tamping the cigarette down, the lighting with match or lighter, how you inhale, blowing smoke rings, flicking the ashes, having coffee at the same time, and – of course – how you hold that death stick.
This image from a 1959 issue of Caper magazine shows Dr. William Neutra’s analysis of personality, based on how people hold their death sticks. Neutra was a Los Angeles psychoanalyst, which of course explains a lot.
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You wanna buy some death sticks?
Back in the 50’s, nonsense of this kind bought a lot of Cadillacs for a lot of psychiatrists, but people were eating it up, so it got published.
The Old Wolf has spoken.
Dang, he says this doesn’t work on women (which just means you have to test women separately, you idiot), but look what he says about poses A & B!
Typical 50’s chauvinism, innit?
Not just that. I think he really dislikes women. Or maybe the magazine just chose the most misogynist(ic?) of the women’s pix.