By  on April 29, 2013

Signature thongs might be dear to Lida Orzeck’s heart, but the lingerie maven has a secret collection that few industry insiders are aware of: vintage war posters.

Orzeck, who cofounded Hanky Panky with Gale Epstein in 1977, came across more than 750 vintage war posters from World War I and World War II in her family’s home basement that her father, David Orzeck, a Brooklyn doctor, had meticulously collected. Discovered in 1970, the posters — of which few pristine prints remain with the exception of the National Archives and the Library of Congress — were in mint condition, neatly catalogued and folded in brown wrapping paper from grocery stores.

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