The Postgraduate


Somehow I don’t think Benjamin Braddock looked like this much longer after the film ends.

From a 1962 issue of Esquire. — CC


13 Comments on "The Postgraduate"

  1. $60 for a suit? Lord I miss real money.

  2. I could be wrong, but that appears to be a martini glass in his left hand. Note how small it is compared to the swill-o-riffic drinks of today. You could actually have a three-martini lunch back then – these days it would kill you.

  3. perhaps it is my modern viewpoint but i think that is a horrid looking suit. it looks like you could fit three arms in each sleeve

  4. I’m the only that think that the suit in the pictures is mediocre?

  5. Charlottesville | November 25, 2014 at 11:41 am |

    I agree that the suit is not the best. The one Mr. Cosby is wearing in a recent post, however looks quite good. Also, the chap above seems to be soaking his fingers in the glass while leafing sleepily through a magazine. Perhaps he already had that 3-martini lunch. I was lucky enough (or otherwise, I suppose, depending on your point of view) to start off my adult career in the last days of the drinking lunch, when it was absolutely standard procedure to have at least one martini and share a bottle or two of wine at a business lunch. I wonder how we were able to keep on working after some of those lunches. We did though. Now, I think one would be hauled before the disciplinary committee if someone caught a whiff of alcohol on one’s breath in the afternoon.

  6. Interestingly enough, I hear that Federal employees are still allowed to have a drink (or two) at lunch, as long as it does not impair performance in the afternoon.

    “I wonder how we were able to keep on working after some of those lunches. We did though.”

    Consider Churchill’s drinking habits and his accomplishments.

  7. In those days 100% of entertainment expenses were deductible and who’s going to smell alcohol on one’s breath if everyone is drinking at lunch?

    The trade off is now you get to debauch co-workers.

    The suit, he’s a model, the suit is most likely not fitted for him personally, it’s off the rack.

  8. Charlottesville | November 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm |

    Very true re Churchill, Henry. But, as anyone who knows me will attest, I am no Churchill! Still, despite the undoubted toll on liver and lung, I confess to a bit of nostalgia for the days when every office had an ashtray, and lunch was not a sandwich at one’s desk with “Smart Water” or Diet Coke. I have noticed something of a minor trend at some Washington restaurants to offer a 2-course lunch with a glass of wine or iced tea for around $25 or so, but a glance around the dining room generally indicates that I am one of the few takers for the grape option, and even I would forego the wine if I were working in the afternoon. The same is likely true in NY, although I am only there occasionally these days. Do they still have celebratory closing lunches for deals, or is business revelry now confined to the dinner hour? Also thanks for the insight that the Feds may be drinking, which would explain a lot of things that have heretofore mystified me.

  9. Federal incompetence is part of a pattern of government incompetence in general. Once employees have passed the initial probationary phase, it is well nigh impossible to fire them, and most Federal employees get automatic pay raises, regardless of performance; the same is probably true for most other government workers.

  10. I don’t understand the complaints about the suit. I think it looks phenomenal.

  11. EVAN EVERHART | August 28, 2018 at 4:32 pm |

    @ AUSTIN:

    That’s not a martini glass, Sir; that’s a sherry, or cordial glass, also used for port wines and some tawnies.

  12. EVAN EVERHART | August 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm |

    One other item, upon the subject of the young man’s finger caressing the inner rim of his sherry/cordial glass; I recall that some people used to wet the tips of their fingers to turn the pages of particularly weighty tomes – a vile and dirty habit to be sure, but a habit that at one time, was common-place, non the less.

  13. Regarding the jacket, it looks quite stiff and therefore uncomfortable, in my opinion. Also, is that an olive in the glass?

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