U 18.446-9: one of those kidfitting corsets Id want advertised cheap in the Gentlewoman with elastic gores on the hips he saved the one I have but thats no good what did they say they give a delightful figure line 11/6 obviating that unsightly broad appearance across the lower back.
Molly wanted one of those kidfitting corsets advertised in the Gentlewoman (and very widely elsewhere between 1870 and the 1920s). But the meaning and syntax of the kidfitting corset has proved problematic.
Elastic gores on the hips
A delightful figure line obviating that unsightly broad appearance across the lower back
As is often the case with Joyce, we encounter a mixture of sources. Whilst his sentence starts off with a reference to the Royal Worcester Kidfidding Corsets, it ends with a snippet from one of their bitter Old World rivals, the J.B. company’s ‘Masterfront’ and ‘Side spring’ corsets.
Both the Royal Worcester’s Kidfitting Corset and the Side Spring and Masterfront offerings from J.B. were widely advertised in the early 1920s. It would seem that Molly was attracted not just to one but to two products which offered elegance and comfort for the larger woman.
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