It turns out that the athletic supporter was actually invented in Chicago in 1874. Ellie is a Chicagoan tried and true and also manages The Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball team. Thus she has some personal experience with supporting athletes.
While it was first designed for Bicycle Jockeys—what we today call Bike Messengers; the “Jock” Strap has changed and evolved over time to be not only supportive but also protective, concealing, and healthful. Its popularity has waxed and waned but most men alive today who played sports can recall when “Cup Check!” was loudly shouted by a coach and showing up to play without one would get you benched.
Ellie will explore and illustrate these changes and some of the more unusual versions that seem nearly insane to modern sentiments. THERE IS POSITIVELY NO MODELING OF JOCK STRAPS BY ANYONE DURING THIS PRESENTATION. So, please do not write and volunteer. Check out these wonderful articles about this talk in Joliet on January 22 Tribune and Joliet Herald. Very well done!