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October 18, 2010

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Those dresses are pretty, but not very comfortable, especially if you are short-waisted. Also - the underwear was hellish. Besides girdles and pointy bras, women in the 1950s wore waist-cinchers called "Merry Widows" that pinched in your middle so you could get that hourglass shape. The whole wardrobe thing was meant to keep you carefully under wraps, with a few carefully chosen revealed areas designed to entice. Also also, crinolines itch.

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of coming back
ten hours later
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of Teddy Wilson
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