This post was written by Tammy Kiter, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
During chillier seasons, one may feel constricted by layers of sweaters, coats, scarves and other accessories designed to keep us warm and comfortable. But imagine how our foremothers felt in their confining corsets, also known as “stays," of yesteryear.
Although corsets had been in use for centuries, the practice of tight-lacing became widespread during the mid to late nineteenth century. Striving to achieve a fashionable hourglass figure, many...Read More
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