The interesting thing is that women were still wearing true corsets in the mid 1930’s. How do I know it is from the mid 1930’s? I found this tag inside with no specific date, but with "NRA" and this symbol on it:
I thought to myself "What does the National Riffle Association have to do with corsets?!" He he! I have to laugh at myself! So, to Google it was!!
The National Recovery Administration was instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, after the war in order to bringing industry, labor and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices.
National Recovery Administration
So, my corset was made sometime after 1933. I find this ever so slightly exciting in light of all those dummies out there that still insist, write it as the gospel and publish it as a fact in countless papers and books that women in the 1920’s threw out their corsets forever. If corsets were still being mass manufactured in the 1930’s, common sense will tell you they were in the 1920’s as well.
I do find it interesting that this particular style was still in demand in the mid 1930’s, but then again you wouldn’t catch me in a thong just because the younger generation may prefer them! Nor could I imagine my mother in a demi-cup bra. So again, calling on that common sense, styles just need time not only to catch on but to phase out as well.
Here are some detail photos of the construction:
|Outside of 1930's Underbust Corset|
|Top of corset showing elastic, binding and boning all the |
way to the top edge
|Outside of back lacing|
|Inside of 1930's corset|
|Inside top edge showing close up of busk|
|Inside of 1930's corset showing side by side spiral boning |
as well as 1/2 inch wide spring steel boning at side seams
|Inside view of lacing set in a channel between two rows of |
spiral steel boning