A Tale of Two Halter Tops: Photog Flashes Back to Racier Days

Just how watered down were the Royals halter tops given out today?

Extremely, says former New Times photographer Dale Monaghen. He should know, as a working photojournalist Monaghen covered the very first Halter Top Day in the 1970s. And he’s got the photos to prove it.

“It’s kind of matronly looking,” Monaghen says of today’s tops at The Kougar. “Let’s just say, it’s not very revealing compared to the ones in my photos. The new one looks like a T-shirt without sleeves. It does have a V neck but it goes up in the armpit area a lot higher.”

Therein lies the problem.

The original Royals halter tops may have been cleavage-free, but the open backs encouraged bra-less-ness and midriffs were exposed. More to the R-rated point, the halter tops of yesteryear’s sagging sides made formajor peekaboo action, Monaghen notes. Uh, see photo.

So on a scale of one to ten – with 10 being the raciest – how does the 2009 model compare with the original?

Monaghen rates this year’s a 4 and the original an 8.

Translation: after disavowing for years a return to the politically incorrect days of halter top promotions past, the Royals acceded to overwhelming fan fervor and brought them back for 40th anniversary. But they chickened out with a conservative design, watering the promotion down, and even gave T-shirts to the dudes.

That said, as unsexy as they are, this year’s halter tops aren’t a complete loss, Monaghen ventures.

“Well, on the right person, wouldn’t

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9 Responses to A Tale of Two Halter Tops: Photog Flashes Back to Racier Days

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to need to see more photographs of the 1970s era tops if I’m going to make a truly informed judgment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    craig glazer

  3. Anonymous says:

    Joe Lewellen
    The design (silk screen logo) on the give away today is ugly! Fire that graphic artist…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey, go to a Royals game. There are a lot of midriffs you DO NOT want to see.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Of course, they went with a conservative design – this baseballl team is run by the former CEO of Wal-Mart. This is also the same team that just had a “Faith and Family Day” at the ballpark. The Royals have worked incredibly hard to court fans with uber-patriotic conservative-values, so of course they aren’t going to offend their deeply religious fan base by appearing to condone the showing of sinful female flesh.

  6. Anonymous says:

    1. If you look at the women at the k you know
    they are “heavy” k…as in kilos. I don’t think
    there’s more than a dozen women I would like
    to see in a skimpy halter top. Kansas City has
    the most out of shape/overweight women in the
    world and to have one of them come out wearing
    one of those tops would clear out the stadium.
    2. You old guys on here need to get some
    action. You’re fantasizing about halter top day
    has me wondering if you’re gettin’ any…from
    your comments probably not.
    3. The 70’s were a different era. We didn’t
    supersize/down fast food like now/eat to
    be obese like nowadays. Having been to many
    royals games I’d seriously doubt manyof those
    women could fit into a halter top. It might
    cover about half their gut in 2009.
    4. Thank god noone has a heart attack at
    the k. I hear they’re going to have to charge
    extra for obese people to be “hauled” to a
    hospital by ambulance. If there was ever a way
    to reduce the deficit this is it because all those people at the k will have to pay doubleto
    get carried out.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hearne Says:
    “But they chickened out with a conservative design, watering the promotion down, and even gave T-shirts to the dudes.”

    Wait a second, in the 70’s did they give halter tops to guys? Is that what this article is really about? Hey, I’m sure if you really want one all you’d have to do is ask.

    Jojo and C are right. It is really better this way. What you would be forced to see is not worth the eye candy which would be few and far between.

    By the way in your next article I think you should answer JoJo’s second question.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dave Stewart
    My wife and I went to the game on Sunday when she passed along the observation she’d probably seen 7 of the new Halter Tops being worn the day after the giveaway. “Really, honey? I haven’t noticed any.” I think she bought it…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Face it. The fans wanted and voted for one thing and the Royals gave them something different. Bait & switch.

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