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Two Angels, a Camera, and a Corset
about 1890s

The ideal female figure?
Using a view camera, a pair of young cherubs photographs a corset with a plant sprouting from it. The symbolism of this advertising card for women's undergarments is somewhat cryptic. But by juxtaposing the freedom and innocence of the chubby winged children and the constriction of the cinched waist and hourglass shape of the "waspie" corset, it may have been designed to evoke speculation about 19th-century attitudes toward the ideal female figure.

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Learn more!
· 19th-century Fashions and the Sewing Machine
· Archives Center finding aid Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1724-1977

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