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All right thank you M. Andre. My apologies Monsieur.

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oh yes, he saeems very blunt, i respect that :D

also, does anyone know the difference between the basic "Whalebone Stays "and the "Grand Habit de Corps?"


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No. I don't know the difference. All I know is that whalebone stays were made from whales, poor whales. :(

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i wanna wear oen to see what tey were like, muste been dreadful.


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It depends on which eras. Most corsets are fairly comfortable, 18th century corsets press the breasts together creating cleavage, and making your back straight and making the wearers waist slightly smaller. I remember wearing a corset in the Costume Museum in Bath, my sisters and I wore corsets since there were corsets to try them on to see how they felt. All I remember is that I wanted to tie the corset extremely tightly to cause her pain. However, she tied my corset and got me first.I remember walking in a peculiar manner and speaking in a different pattern, since I couldn't breathe or I didn't adjust to it And I remember forcing our poor teacher, who is a male to try on a corset, we all laughed being the cruel children we were.

You have the Victorian and Ewardian corsets which where the worst because they compressed the waist and the organs. This caused the ribs to dig in to the poor woman's organs! It's no wonder why they fainted so much then.

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They are very unpractical combined with crinolines. When I was little I was always wondering how they (18th century ladies) could use the bathroom dressed like that. Even now I can’t see how they managed to do that without unclothing themselves. That was highly unpractical.
Speaking about that, did they use anything as the toilet paper? I know that people used reed (straws (?)) in Middle Ages. Is it true that people from the Versailles used to clean the pots by throwing content of them through the window?? :?

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well MA had running water and her waste would empty out to the cour du dauphin. via a pipe,
as for toilet paper she used clothes, then put them in a bin and a maid would collect them and then wash them.


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Thank you, she was indeed progressive and clean for her time. :)

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Interesting. I believe she may be the most hygienic person in the 18th century. I love the clothing, the filth I could live without. :]

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oh yes, although im not so sure as to how she would use the bathroom when she needed to, it does seem like it would be difficult doesnt it?


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Yes. Not to mention awkward, and well, having interesting scents.

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Since they didn’t wear underwear and had worn wide dresses, they could just put the pot underneath. :?
What about head lice? Was there some chemical or other solution beside louse?

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wouldnt that be uncomfortable for a woman?
uhm, im not so sure about head lice...


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People would groom their loved ones of lice, it was known as a sign of affection. I assume they had a lover or a family member remove them! :/

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Hellou_Librorum wrote:
People would groom their loved ones of lice, it was known as a sign of affection. I assume they had a lover or a family member remove them! :/

I am not sure that that was very successful. When I was little I got lice once and I was forced to cut my very long hair because all attempts to remove them were unsuccessful. My mother spent nights helping me and even shampoos againts lice didn’t help. That was indeed traumatic experience… :x
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wouldnt that be uncomfortable for a woman?

Of course it was, but obviously that didn’t bother them. That I can’t understand. For example, how people could just relieve themselves in any corner in Versailles – they did that sometimes- and not to be bothered by that :shock: . Even medical theory was different back then, how they couldn’t make this conclusion – whenever I bath, I am clean afterwards, I don’t stink, I feel pure – if we all were bathing more, we wouldn’t need all those heavy perfumes. Or – Ancient Romans had bathed regularly, they had had public bathrooms and they hadn’t died from it.

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