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A tube top, colloquially known in the U.K. as a boob tube, is a shoulderless, sleeveless women's garment that wraps around the upper torso. It is generally tight over the breasts, usually by means of elastic bands at its top and bottom, to prevent it from falling.
The tube top was popular in the late 1970s, and returned to popularity in the 2000s.
The tube top was created by a gentleman named Murray Kleid, a war veteran and owner of one of the largest manufacturers for women’s accessories. The company was known as S & M Fringing Inc., named after the owner and his business partner. This manufacturing company was respected throughout the New York City’s eclectic garment district.
The invention of the garment was a mistake, but when Kleid realized the potential he marketed the newly discovered garment. Samples of the garment were sent out to distributors and within two months the tube top was being shipped to stores worldwide.
- "Boob tube": a redesignation of a dismissive 1960s sobriquet for television, or "idiot box"; "boobs" derives from "bubbies" (The Straight Dope: "the origin of 'booby trap'"); the screen was a cathode ray tube.
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