I have been enjoying reading the ‘Sussex County Table Tennis Association Official Handbook’ from 1950. As well as the articles on table tennis I always find it interesting to look at the adverts in these little publications to see what people were buying. On the inside cover I notice this little gem:
Alston’s Rubber Reducing Corsets
“Try this perfect all-rubber foundation garment, which slims your figure into flattering lines of beauty, and discover why thousands acclaim it as the most comfortable corset they have ever worn. Absence of bones eliminates harmful pressures and unsightly bulges. All sizes available in choice of four styles.
Mrs. M. M. writes 3rd July, 1950: The Alston Corsets are the best I have ever worn, and being stout I find them very comfortable without bones.
Mrs P. Stuart writes, 12th July, 1950: It is the first roll-on I have worn that hasn’t collected in an unsightly roll round my middle.
(The original testimonials, together with many others, may be seen at our offices.)”
It makes me feel so glad I was born later than this era and didn’t have to squeeze myself into these foundation garments. I also particularly like the testimonials at the end of the advert. Bless Mrs. M. M. for calling herself ‘stout’, not something we would say today!