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Corset and bustle advertisement ephemera

 Collection — Box: BW-6
Identifier: MS-0798

Content Description

Rewritten from dealer description:

This collection contains sixty-six advertising materials from the 1880s featuring corsets and bustles from a variety of brands. Corset makers and manufacturers promoted excellent fit in ready-to-wear garments. The bustle regained some popularity in the mid-1880s, but was losing favor by 1890. Some of the brands included are Warner Bros, Ball's Corsets, Jackson Corset Co., and Thomson's Patent Glove Fitting Corsets. The booklets and pamphlets included each provide information on the nuance of the particular brand, promoting the significance of corsets for different sizes and styles. For example, the Downs’ Self-Adjusting corset is advertised to be comfortable and healthy. The advertisements include claims such as “Highly recommended by leading physicians.” Other advertisements, such as those for Ball’s Corsets, include prominent customer satisfaction guarantees. Novelty items were also used to promote corsets, and the collection contains die-cuts, paper dolls, calendars, and transformation cards. The P.D Corsets advertisement consists of a card cut-out of an elegant woman looking through a window, when unfolded it shows the woman being aided in dressing by her maid, promoting P.D Corsets as “the best in the world” and “the high society corset on the five continents.”


  • Creation: 1880s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

There is no specific creator information because this holding includes a major assortment of creators who are manufacturers, printers, and clothing companies.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains booklets, pamphlets, die-cuts, paper dolls, transformation cards, and other ephemeral materials advertising corset and bustle fashions in the 1880s. There is no specific creator information because this holding includes an assortment of creators: manufacturers, printers, and clothing companies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Eclectibles in January 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristen Diehl in February 2018.

"P.D" is accurately spelled as the firm historically spelled it. There is no extra period after "D".

Guide to Corset and bustle advertisement ephemera
Kristen Diehl
2018 February
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA