corsets, corestry, home economics department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Most women wear corsets. Yet many do not know whether it is aiding their health or injuring it; whether they are wearing the wrong corset or the correct, what a correct corset is, how it should be worn and how to take care of it. As one approaches the age of thirty one often finds two things taking place: (1) a tendency to increase the waist measure, (2) the sagging of the abdominal muscles. The first is a natural tendency. Thirty years ago to conceal this, a corset was worn which pinched in the waist line and the internal organs were pushed above the waist line and below it. A lady’s size was supposedly measured by her waist. But if a corset is used to distort the figure or make a waist line smaller it is detrimental to the health.
Linfield, Azalea, "Correct Corsetry" (1923). SDSU Extension Circulars. 179.