1910 Underpinnings from Catalog

By Jennie Chancey

Underpinnings

An illustration of women’s underpinnings from a 1910 catalog in my collection. Note in particular the “mono-bosom” brassieres in the upper left and right corners.

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2 Comments on 1910 Underpinnings from Catalog

  1. Steve Moore
    May 1, 2011 at 12:32 am (4 years ago)

    It is quite amazing how we as a society still strive to become thin. In these photos we see the under garments used to help women stay thin. Today we still search for these same answers only now the under garments have become a bit more appealing to the eyes.

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    • Jennie Chancey
      May 1, 2011 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

      Too true. I did a lot of Civil War reenacting when I was younger, and one time I had a lady come up to me in a spandex workout suit with her little girl in tow. She proceeded to sniff at my outfit and tell her daughter how women were “slaves” to their figures and “tortured” themselves to be thin and have an ideal shape. I could only smile incredulously, as she looked like she probably spent five days at the gym each week to keep her size 2 shape. Nothing changes!

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