The term "bachelor pad" brings to mind a few things: Hugh Hefner in pajamas, leather furniture, round beds and Quagmire's house on "Family Guy." It's an image perpetually trapped in the '60s (which is perfectly fine to me, a fan of all things vintage), that only occasionally gets an update.
But as long as there have been guys who wanted to impress a date with decor, there have been bachelor pads. To wit: This glimpse into a bachelor apartment, circa 1904.
Yes, the first thing you'll notice is the punch bowl. But I'd like to turn your attention to the mantel decor, which features a jaunty garland of boxing gloves. If I had to assign a scent to this picture, it would be: at least 10 years of cigar smoke, unwashed woolens, Vicks VapoRub, bourbon, pomade, deer jerky and whale blubber.
Bet the ladies were just lining up to show their ankles to these gents. Or not.
You know what the opposite of a dark bachelor pad is? Betty White's house in the '50s.