As a young boy watching Perry Mason at noon or never ending reruns of Perry, I was always attracted to the assistant Della Street. There was something about those painted lips and big eyes and rounded features…something sexy and contained naughtiness….now I have confirmation of Della’s uninhibited side.

Barbara 'Della' Hale 1946 (Della, Baby!)
Barbara ‘Della’ Hale 1946

Early morning and primping in the mirror before donning the cowgirl clothing. This is pre April Vokey in the wilderness…roughing it but still wanting to show the feminine side…Is there any doubt that Della would have been out there wetting a line? I think not! Neither Paul nor Perry showed any interest in Della…although I recall Paul calling Della ‘doll’. OK I am a little off here, but it was a time of well formed bras, cashmere sweaters, girdles and dare I say it garter belts…ok enough. Geez I dated myself and once again showed my predatory nature.

OK, she was a normal chick
OK, she was a normal chick