Saturday, 4 July 2015

Warner Brothers Coraline Corsets

I'm not sure if that's the same Warner Brothers company who now make films (although I guess it's possible), but in the 1870's there was a company called Warner Brothers who made corsets.
The brothers themselves were Dr Lucian Warner and Dr Ira De Ver and they professed to make "health corsets" without whalebone or steel bones and with supporting shoulder straps.
The use of Coraline (a type of Mexican reed) was actually probably less to do with health and more to do with the shortage of baleen at the time, but still the corsets were very popular and apparently held up very well against wear and tear, in fact the company offered $10 to anybody who had a Coraline corset break on them after less than six months of regular wear (so basically every day), which doesn't sound much but $10 was worth a lot more at the time.

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