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Jürgen W. sends this cover from this erotic 
book, edited in  Germany by Knaur Verlag.

(We wonder if the story even MENTIONS corsets, or 
merely just exploits the image, as happens too often these days!)

The picture was posted on a German group on corsetry, 


Stephen K:

"Obviously artists flattered their subjects in those days,
but later portraits of Catherine do not show this dramatic waist,
so perhaps it had some relation to reality!"



This picture  appears to be part of an illustrated story made available in 1901, entitled Ravnen ('Raven'),
a satiric periodical started by the Danish socialist Harald Brix, 1876.

If you click the picture, you will see an enlarged version with some text.

For the record, translation from old Danish.  (We were aware that Denmark has a large corset aficionado
population but,  we received literally 25 translations!  Thank you!:
"- Who is right? You claim, that Grete is a gossip-monger.
She has sworn, that there are evenings, where no word comes from her lips!
- That is correct, she always talks through her nose!"


Harald W:
"I found this paperback book on one of my trips at an airport bookshop – just took a picture with my mobile, so please
 excuse the bad quality ( I tried to enhance a bit, but that’s the maximum I could manage…)  Should anybody be interested:"
Publisher: Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt; Auflage: 37., Aufl. (April 1996)
ISBN 10: 3596294320        ISBN-13: 978-3596294329  

(Enhanced image provided by Marianne)


Scott proffers this illustration from a German book (1884)

The book, by Capitian Ramon Diaz de la Escosura (pen name of Karl May), is entitled something like,
oder Die Rächerjagd rund um die Erde.

Rough translation of text:
"Does it seem to you that I have become somewhat thinner, Amaika?"


Extreme S-bend gown.
Courtesy Stephen K.



Peter O. sends along this illustration entitled
"Paris Before 1907."



Two elegant drawings from
Le mannequin
(pub. 1900)
by Léon Rioter

Left: 'La couturiere et son buste'
Right: 'Moulace sur nature'

Courtesy Peter O.
Source for purchase of book 

(both above left) 1880 -French

Stephen K.:
"A 'tennis costume' from 1881. Can you imagine Serena Williams playing in a dress with a skirt so narrow she could move only with tiny steps, and a corset so long and tight that she could never bend down to pick up the ball?"

Comments from Peter O.:
"The bustle was in fashion after the crinoline from 1867 to 1887 (or 1908 or 1914), but had a short break about 1880, and it is from that break that this tennis costume comes. The costume is tricky, as it reduces mobility with the narrow skirt, but that skirt has pleats so it can open.

The racket is so long she can hit the shuttlecock on the ground!"


A Fabio illustration from the romantic paperback novel
Man of My Dreams,
by Johanna Lindsey (2000),  Harper Collins

We have no indication whether the text compliments the picture by being corset-oriented.

Sent by Charmody




Seldom do books like this one, sent by Charles S., contain plots
 that live up to the promise of their covers; but we can hope...



Harald W.:

"...while travelling in a bookstore at Larnaca Airport. Seems to
be the cover of the Greek version of Mireille Guiliano’s book
French Women Don’t Get Fat!"


Roger K.:
"This photo is from John Hadfield's Saturday
Book #34,
published in the UK in 1975 by
Clarkson N. Potter."

This is cropped - click here for full
presentation, including text


Here is the  cover of a book which looks quite promising, but, unfortunately,
 according to sources, contains several factual errors, and is not totally on-topic.

Still, if you are interested, it can be purchased here.
The cover image is
was photographed by Andrea Johnson, of the Lovesick website.

The corset had originally been made for a large AIDS benefit fashion show called Fashion Cares, which raised lots of money for the Aids Committee
of Toronto (ACT) for 20 years. That year it had the theme of 'Bollywood Cowboy' (Indian 'Westerns') to which this corset was reference.


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