from the book,
Adorned in Dreams
|From Old Mail-Order Catalogues: The Long-term Effects of Early Corsetting - Academic brief by Helen Stern. M.D.|
|A Brief Outline of the History of Women's Corsets 1791-1970||The Importance of Correct Corseting - Article from The Modern Priscilla (1911)|
|A Century of Corsets - Adapted from "Lingerie – A History and Celebration Of Silks, Satins, Laces, Linens, and Other Bare Essentials," by Catherine Bardey||
A short article,
adapted from 'Lingerie, A Lexicon of Style'
|Corset Comments, 1868 – 1910||Wasp Waists - A Study of Tight-lacing in the Victorian Era Academic brief by Peter Martin|
|Corsets: A Bit of Debunking (Edward Shorter)||Society, Physicians and the
Academic brief by Gerhart S. Schwarz, M.D.
|Debunking Corsetry’s Negative Image - Adapted from an article by Pandora Gorey||
Waist Compression in the Aegean Late Bronze
Theses by John G. Younger
|Excerpts from the book Devon-Within Living Memory|
Jörg has provided the text of The
Corset Question in
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A selection of correspondence from The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine (1867-1872) on tightlacing and figure training, with pictures.
Jörg has also made available the pdf version of Part One of a seminal fetish magazine:
Those of you whom have never seen this will find it quite fascinating!
In Norfolk, Virginia, at one time, a woman couldn't go out without wearing a corset. (There WAS a civil-service job -- for men only -- called a "corset inspector.")
However, in Merryville, Missouri, women were prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."
Only in America!
"Tiny Waist Craze Seizes on London - Revival of the Fashion of Tightlacing and 16-Inch Corsets"
From The Rewards of
Taste, and Other Essays
MODELS FOR CORSETS.
Bridgeport Girls Furnish
Shapes for All America. Sixteen Hundred Figures
Available in One Factory.
An extract from the (non-fictional) book, A Trip to Manitoba, by Mary Fitzgibbon (1880):
"I cannot leave Duluth
without speaking of the "girls" in the hotel, as they were called, in
order not to wound the
sensitive democracy of the Yankee nature, which abhors
the name of
servant. There were three in the great
dining-saloon, whose superabundance of empty chairs and tables gave even greater dreariness to the house than its long, empty corridors. Pretty fair girls they were, neat in dress, but so tightly laced that it was painful to
look at them. Their slow, stiff, automatic movements were suggestive of machinery, and in keeping with the sleepy spell cast over the town. All the lithe, living gracefulness of their figures was destroyed for the sake of
drawing in an inch or two of belt."
Derek P. provides acurious take on our subject:
"Metro is a free newspaper, distributed at underground (subway) stations in the London area. The Thames Tunnel is said to be the first underwater road tunnel of modern times, although today used by the underground railway. Note in paragraph seven, that we are invited to 'admire the elegant curves' (of the tunnel), and 'to finish off the evening in style'. Sorry about the quality of the picture – the newsprint scanned poorly, so I had to use a photo "
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