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Warner Brothers Corset Factory in Norwalk, Connecticut

It seems obvious now, but it wasn't until the late 1800s that doctors began to notice the injuries women received by wearing corsets made of steel and whalebone. Their lungs were crushed and their organs squeezed to the point of failure. At this factory, two doctors pioneered a corset that, along with burgeoning women's liberation, allowed women to do more. Though they were associated with delicate femininity, corsets were actually heavy duty objects structured to literally force a woman's body into a given period's beauty standards.
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