Collage 5.25” x
We have read of
the cargo cults of the South Pacific–the natives
of Vanatuu whom have forged an entire belief system from the flotsam
and jetsam from passing ships. What is little known is that among the
treasures brought ashore from the sea was an extensive library of training
films from the 1950s. These films, covering everything from oral hygiene
to auto repair have had a profound effect on the islanders belief system.
For as they learned in the 1952 training film, Groomed for Success, nothing
says respectability like a clean and pressed gray flannel suit. Using
plant fibers, chewed to softness, natives fashion vintage Brooks Brothers-style
suits just like those worn by executives fifty years ago.