(below) ...from the National Media Museum of the Royal Photographic Society, entitled "Traumerei."
Sam Laur has found,
through painstaking effort, a set of impressive Era
featuring lovely tightly-laced ladies -
Posey (2013), when these Nadar photos were first posted):
"I noticed these photos,
especially because my great-grandmother was photographed by Nadar [real name Gaspard-Félix Tournachon]
when she worked in theatre in Paris in the 1880s. I still have her dresses and underwear. There are two things that may interest vistors:
"First, none of her corsets is smaller than 60 cm [24 inches] waist and she was typical, I think of her class and profession. In fact, her everyday corsets were 65 cm [26 inches.]
"Secondly, the ladies in the
photos today both appear to have waists about 24 inches
also. The average women's hat size at that time was 50 cm
[20 inches] and
their waists look much bigger than their hats/heads. Even taking into account the side-to-side and fore-and-aft reshaping that happens with corsets.
I do not think that all corset-wearers in the classical age engaged in excessive tightlacing or reshaped their waists to a noticeable extent."