The term prop is a shortened form of property. Small acting troupes formed during the renaissance, travelled throughout Europe. These "companies," functioning as cooperatives, pooled resources and divided any income. Many performers provided their own costumes, but special items: stage weapons, furniture or other hand-held devices were considered "company property," thus the term "property," which eventually was shortened to "prop."
Props in spanking art
Props (non-character objects modeled in 3D) are also important in rendered spanking art to enhance the scene. Important types of props in this genre are items of furniture for the spanker or the spankee such as a chair, couch or bed, spanking implements, spanking and/or BDSM furniture, and other furniture and objects to create a realistic environment such as a room.
- "Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English: Second Edition by Eric Partridge. New York: Random House,1959. and "The Living Stage" By Kenneth Macgowan and William Melnitz. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1955.