I came across this ad in the August 1954 Ladies' Home Journal:
May I just take a second to say...WHAT IS THAT?? It looks like a torture device from the Middle Ages I know they wore corsets back in the 1800's, but this is from 1954. Women were still wearing this stuff. Shoot, do women still wear this stuff? Should I be wearing something like this? I think Spanx has taken over the market on "ways to keep your body parts where they are supposed to be," but I don't even own any Spanx. In the interests of trying to be like a fifties housewife, I'm going to have to go find some sort of body-shaping thing and wear it all day. I wish I could actually try this "Magic Web Adjustment" girdle, but I would only probably want to wear it for about five minutes. It looks so complicated. Were women supposed to get into that by themselves?
This ad says that if I buy their product, I can have that "girdle off" feeling anytime. That's so great! Do you want to know how I currently get that great "girdle off" feeling? I don't wear a girdle.
Do you know of any places that sell legit girdles? Because I absolutely want to go try one on in the interests of this project, but I have no idea where to find one. Let me know if you have any ideas.