Not So Famous Tightlacers from the Past

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Relatives of our visitors who pass along their images for posterity, as well as unidentified lovers of the neat waist.

If you have something of this nature, please contact us. The pictures must be a reasonable quality. LISA feels that these type of
pictures put us in touch with the essence of our enchantment with these garments. These were REAL people living "everyday" lives!

Nancy Rule Carton, of San Francisco. From a family collection.

Nancy Augustus Carten was the sister of William and Charles Rule, who owned a ranch (the Muniz Grant) near
Jenner-by-the-sea, which is at the mouth of the Russian River, north of San Francisco, in Sonoma County.


From Beth:

"Find here (below) a photo of a French cantiniére from the Crimean War (1854-56) who is corseted, perhaps not quite as extremely as some of the ladies
has pictures, but I think she should be cut some slack since she was expected to nurse soldiers and keep up with a moving army.  'Cantini
éres,' or 'vivandieres,'
as they are often referred to now, traveled as military entities in the French army, serving as butlers, laundresses, nurses and morale boosters all in one. This picture
is owned by the Library of Congress.

Bob J.:
"Following the uploading of a picture from our family records (see below), I have discovered another that you may well be interested in!   It is of another member of the Leach family or maybe the same person, as the previous two. This is of a working nurse and what about the waist?  Probably only lightly corseted, but a good figure. Although I have noticed that most nurses seem to take a pride in a good waistline even these days - it comes from rushing about the wards!


Stephen K.:
"Nurses whose uniform, rather than being boringly standardised like those of today, is
in the height of fashion for 1890, and whose figure would have been a delight to susceptible  gentlemen patients, though the corset it implies might have made bending over difficult!"

Victorian nurses

Now and then, an enthusiast sends in an old family photo that helps us FEEL The Corset Era. 
To think that these corset wearers were young and viable at one time - alive, in the everyday sense of the word,
is heartening.   If one looks and thinks long enough. these type of pictures can become an emotional experience.

From  Bob J.:
"Recently (I) found this card amongst some papers and books in my mother's old home. It is of one of her aunts, born in Great Yarmouth and shows us what the provincial girl-about-town was wearing at the turn of the 19th century.  It is a little worse for wear, but probably
 will not be too bad. (We cleaned it up a bit) I thought you might be suitable for posting.
"The family name was Leach and the father was a baker by profession.  My grandmother was trained as a corsetiere and when she sewed a button back on to anything, it did not come off again!"


Thamesider, who has written stories which were posted on LISA,  has sent some images of his tightlaced relatives from The Era:



Gayle (Stainforth) writes:

"Here is a carte de visite of my great grandmother, Sarah Jane 1840-1918 and her daughter Kate 1870 - 1954.  Kate is evidently corseted. I also have a cabinet (card) from about the same time. The likely date is 1894, when Kate got married. Her husband was later a councillor at Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was supposed to be Lord Mayor c1938, but as Kate was very ill at the time, he could not take up the position."



Charles S.:

"Here is a photo I found on the Web of the Nevile Rolfe family, circa 1880. The tightly corseted woman seated at the right (who looks to be much more fashionably dressed than the other women in the group) was identified in the caption as Margaret Nevile Rolfe".

On closer look, Roger K. feels it might be the product of a 19th century 'photoshopping,'
by the looks of the space between her arms and waist.  We concur.


A certain Rebecca Allen - 1895
Distant relative of a donor who wishes to remain unidentified.
The real stuff: gratifying to actually see that everyday women
 were tightly laced so.


Tony H.:

My great, great grandparents, grandfather & siblings. 
About 1894.  

Optimized by Sylvia Marie


"Hello, I am from Argentina, and I am sending you a picture of a relation of mine. I am her great-great grand nephew.

"She was Clara de la Presilla de Jameson, wife of Tomás Jameson, daughter of Saturnino de la Presilla, governor of San Juan
 Province, Argentine Republic, and daughter-in-law of William Jameson, a British doctor and botanist; it was taken about 1880.

"I will be very proud if she would be in your gallery."


Thamsider, who has written stories which were posted on LISA,  has sent some images of his tightlaced relatives from The Era:


Syd M.'s family historical pictures



Janet's impressively laced
great great grandmother!
(About 1860)




Otto S.:

"Here is a photo of Tomáš, Antonín and Anna Bata, who was their sister.  Tomáš founded the Bata shoe company in Zlin, which is now the Czech Republic, but was Austria-Hungary in 1894.  He lived 1876-1932.

The girl Anna is nicely controlled in her corset, do you not think?  I believe this photo would have had been made about 1900.  I found it in the family collection from my great-aunt."


Hue P.:

"Having been delving into my family history of late, I have come across a lot of photos.  Amongst them were some photos
of my great-great Aunt Matilda, who, I understand, was rather fond of having her photo taken.  She was born in 1862 and
I suspect she was about 20 when the photos were taken. I do hope you like them."

ED: She was quite nicely-corseted,  especially well-shown in the photo at left 

John and MaryAnn write, regarding the above:

"The information provided by Hue P cannot be correct.  The bicycle suggests the mid 1890’s (the roller chain drive had not been invented until 1880 and did not appear on rear drive bicycles until 1885. 
The bicycle pictured is definitely from the mid to late 1890’s.  The outfits shown similarly date to the mid 1890’s or later.  The age of the young woman appears correct."



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