Boobpedia - Encyclopedia of big boobs
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Francine Gottfried (b. 1947) was a shapely young woman who briefly attained international celebrity as "Wall Street's Sweater Girl" for two weeks in September 1968. An employee of Chemical Bank, her 43-23-37 figure caused crowds of men to wait at the Wall St. subway stop for her arrival at 1:28 pm each afternoon.
She started working in the financial district on May 27, 1968. By late August a small band of girl watchers who had noticed her, and that she always followed the same route, timed her daily arrival and started spreading the word to their colleagues and co-workers. For three weeks the crowd of gawkers grew larger until on Sept. 18 there were 2,000 people waiting for her. The following day, September 19, over 5,000 financial district employees left work and poured into the streets at 1:15 pm to wait for the 5' 3" brunette to exit the BMT station in a tight yellow sweater and miniskirt and walk to her job at the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company's downtown data processing center. Police closed the streets and escorted her through the mob, which damaged three cars as men climbed on their roofs to gain a better view. Stockbrokers and bankers leaned out of windows overlooking Wall Street to watch as trading came to a virtual halt. "Ticker tapes went untended and dignified brokers ran amok," wrote New York magazine. Photographers from all the daily papers and Life, Time, and New York magazines snapped her picture. "A Bust Panics Wall Street As The Tape Reads 43" read a headline in the Daily News.
The following day, Friday, September 20, the corner of Wall and Broad was jammed with 10,000 spectators and press who waited for Francine in vain. Her boss had called and asked her to stay home to put a stop to the disturbances. A nice Jewish girl who lived at home with her parents in Williamsburg, she wasn't seeking notoriety and started taking a different route to work. "I think they're all crazy," she was quoted as saying. "What are they doing this for? I'm just an ordinary girl." After that the Francine mania on Wall Street quickly subsided, and she eventually left her $92.50 a week job as an IBM 1260 keypunch operator to become a Go-Go dancer.
Although Francine made it clear to interviewers that she was willing to entertain movie and modeling offers, her 15 minutes of fame were soon over and she never again achieved celebrity. Brief accounts of the crowd-gathering phenomenon she triggered subsequently appeared in a number of sociological and pop historical books, some treating it as a survival of the so-called "bosom mania" of the 1950's. She has been referenced as a cultural icon of the era in at least one novel, Thomas Hauser's Finding the Princess.
After hearing of Francine's story, several other buxom women gained attention in a similar fashion including Sheilah Moore, Suzanne Zulkowski, Geri Stotts, Ronnie Bell, Nicolette Salomone and Carol James . 
- ↑ Sloane, Leonard. "Boom and Bust on Wall Street," New York magazine, Oct. 14, 1968, p. 33.
- ↑ New York, Oct. 14, 1968, p. 3.
- ↑ "10,000 Wait in Vain for Reappearance of Wall Street's Sweater Girl," New York Times, Sept. 21, 1968
- ↑ "Fleeting Infamy, Many Called, Few Frozen In Spotlight," by Michael O. Allen, Richard T. Pienciak, Daily News, May 4, 1997. Retrieved Nov. 28, 2009.
- ↑ MacCannell, Dean, Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers (Routledge, 1992), quoted on p. 246.
- ↑ Iconicity: essays on the nature of culture : festschrift for Thomas A. Sebeok on his 65th birthday (Stauffenburg Verlag, 1986), p. 430-431.
- ↑ Google News - Beaver County Times - Oct 3, 1968
- ↑ Google News - The Montreal Gazette - Oct 5, 1968