Here’s something you didn’t realise you needed: teeny tiny pig porn. These little gold-painted pig charms, made in the early twentieth century, conceal a tiny pornographic photo that can be viewed by peeking into the pig’s butthole.
These charms have a hidden Stanhope lens, which is a one-piece microscope used to see tiny microphotographs as small as the head of a pin. From the late 1850s, it became fashionable to embed Stanhopes in commonplace things such as pocket clocks or thimbles, which were frequently offered as holiday souvenirs with images of attractive tourist scenes.
But, being human, it didn’t take long for someone to figure out that this was also a perfect way to hide porn. I’m not sure why golden pig charms became popular, except from the fact that pigs are particularly connected with masculine passion. (This is why chauvinist guys are referred to as “pigs.”) (Also see: the strangely seductive Miss Piggy.)
The first pig charm I’ve shown is available for purchase at St Eloi Vintage. However, be aware that it is covered in lead paint, so if you don’t want to risk lead poisoning, you might be better off receiving your porn from the good old internet rather via a small gold pig’s butthole.