Dear Sir, – My experience in the matter of corsetting may be of some interest to your readers. Nearly six years ago I replied to a advertisement for a “personal maid, tall and naturally slim,” After I was engaged, my employers intimated that she also supplied my wardrobe, as she required her own maid to … Continue reading Rewarded for Tight-Lacing
Dear Sir, – Much good ink has been spilled from time to time in condemning those delightful articles of feminine wear-viz.: high heels, corsets, garters and gloves. For our so-called vanity we must suffer the penalty of indigestion for wearing tight corsets: various veins are the result of tight garters and high heels: whilst poor … Continue reading Are feminine fashions injurious
Sir, – I am not yet amongst the ancients, yet I have had over twenty years experience of corsets and corseting; perhaps my views may be of some help to modern girls. 1905 marked the beginning of the last phase of the last tightlacing period; and it was in that year, when I was fifteen, … Continue reading Advantages of Corsets
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Dear Sir, – I noticed a letter from a “London Life” reader in last week’s issue dealing with corsets for men. I do not see why a gentleman should not adopt stays as a means of retaining his figure. When once they have become used to the wearing of corsets it is generally found that … Continue reading A cure for Stooping
Dear Sir, – May I, through your popular columns echo the plaint of a large jewellery manufacturer who, writing to the “Weekly Despatch,” complained that women nowadays were wearing either an artificial string of pearls or some wooden beads, instead of the large amount of real gems they wore years ago, thereby ruining the jewellery … Continue reading The Lure of Jewels
Dear Sir. – Will you, with your well-known courtesy, permit a short letter in reply to several correspondents who have expressed doubts as to the existence nowadays of a real hour-glass waist. Undoubtedly, trim figures do exist, but are disguised under the shapeless modern dresses. Five years ago, when my sister and I were fifteen … Continue reading The Hourglass Waist
Dear Sir. May an old reader reply to “Mrs S.” who suggests that in certain Continental schools for young ladies figure-training is still carried out? I can confirm “Mrs. S’s” suggestion, as although at an age when a long journey including a sea crossing is a terrifying business, my very old friend persuaded me to … Continue reading An old reader’s views on modern girls
Dear Sir, – I noticed a letter signed by a “Mrs. S.” in “London Life.” in which she stated that she was screwed into steel corsets. It would be interesting to know what kind of corset this was. For many years I worked in a corset factory in the North of England, and we made … Continue reading What Daughters Endure
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