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Fashion & Style > Petticoat Protection.
 

Petticoat Protection.


 


 

PETTICOAT PROTECTION.
IF ladies will wear Crinoline, clearly something must be done to protect them from its consequences. We must either adopt the Russian plan, and give up burning open fires, or else prevent the chance of female suicide through contact with them. As it is, we never see a lady on the hearthrug, without fearing she will make an auto da fe of herself. We have put down in India the practice of Suttee, but in England wives and daughters are consumed as well as widows, Clearly, if we wish to see advancement in our census, we must stop these female sacrifices on their idol Fashion's altar. Lives enough are lost through their shoes and tight-lacing, without our adding Crinoline as a depopulating influence.
    Unless dresses are made fire-proof, no one, while the present stuck- out fashion lasts, can wear them safely. As a deterrent from wide petticoats we should pass an Act of Parliament to regulate their sale, and should permit none to be worn without being marked "DANGEROUS!" The chances of incendiarism are so numerous, that, were a Crinoline Insurance Company established, it could not possibly withstand the constant claims that would be made on it. Fire-escapes should be provided in all drawing-rooms, by which ladies when alight might be rescued without scorching. As an additional precaution, the air-tubes of the petticoat might all be filled with water, and fitted wits,. the means, when needful, to eject it. Every lady thus would, in fact, be her own fire-engine, and could play upon herself the moment her. dress caught. At a moderate computation, a properly-spread petticoat contains some thousand feet of tubing; and such a reservoir as this would hold enough to put out any common-place conflagration. The - more cold water that is thrown on Crinoline the better; although we fear the rage for it burns with such a heat, that no cold water we can throw through our columns will, extinguish it.

Punch, 8th January, 1859
 
 
 
 

posted on Jan 13, 2011 3:34 PM ()

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Thanks for the info.
comment by fredo on Jan 14, 2011 10:49 AM ()
My pleasure Fredo

reply by febreze on Jan 15, 2011 1:40 PM ()
Hilarious. No one wears petticots or slips any more unless they
are modest to a fault. Lining skirts took care of that but I can
remember a family that still wore two or three. The petticoated girls
never married.
comment by elderjane on Jan 14, 2011 7:29 AM ()
I was tempted, to put a couple of the 'Punch' cartoons which accompanied this article showing a lady in a crinoline, but even though it was drawn in 1859 and in a 'Victorian' prim and proper age . . . it was a little tooooo 'risque' for greasy -

reply by febreze on Jan 15, 2011 1:51 PM ()
ALSO THE HOOPS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PETTICOAT.
NOW MY QUESTION.WHERE DID THE WORD PETTICOAT COMES FROM?
comment by fredo on Jan 13, 2011 3:45 PM ()
Okay, I have looked in my Oxford Library of Words and Phrases (word origins) and found the following for 'petticoat':
Petticoat, small coat worn under the doublet;
Tunic or chemise;
Skirt dependent from the waist;
. . . or. . .
Orig. 2 words, Petty and Coat

Do you know, I have never ever, wondered where that name came from before!
Good question Fredo

reply by febreze on Jan 13, 2011 5:39 PM ()
Ummmmmm . . . good question, off the top of my head I have to admit that you got me . . . . I am going to try to find out . . . . wont be too long

reply by febreze on Jan 13, 2011 4:51 PM ()

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