A YOUNG WOMAN AND HER TENNIS RACQUET IN LITTLE FALLS, NEW YORK

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A thin waisted young woman poses for her portrait at the Abbott Photographic Art studio in Little Falls, New York. She is flashing a sweet smile and holds a tennis racquet behind her back. I wonder if she is wearing her tennis outfit. She seems to be wearing a corset and I am guessing that running around a tennis court in a corset can’t be exactly comfortable. I don’t think it would help her game either. I’ve never seen Venus or Serena Williams wearing such a contraption while competing for a major title. William H. Abbott operated his studio at 545, 547, and 549 Main Street in Little Falls. The copyright on the reverse of the cabinet card is 1889.

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  1. My goodness she has a hourglass shape..I cannot imagine:(

  2. Actually, at this period women nearly always wore corsets during sporting activities. There were special corsets marketed towards different sports. To see some advertisement for sports-specific corsets, check out my website: http://www.thisvictorianlife.com/corset-advertisements.html Furthermore, I know for a fact that activity in a corset is actually quite easy since last year I completed two 130-mile cycling tours, a 90-mile and an 80-mile bike tour, all while corseted! When a corset is an everyday item, a woman can do whatever she likes in it—it’s all about being accustomed to it.


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