1800s: Sportswomen


Via World in Sport

4 Responses

  1. Estelle

    Lovely! But what is happening in number 3? Bareknuckle fighting in full Edwardian regalia?

  2. Dawnzy

    Imagine how much harder these sports had to be with the terribly restricting corsets some of them are wearing. How would you breathe?

    • FlatCat

      Full corsets would have been worn when posing for the photographs. When actually playing sports, most women wore wool or cotton corset type garments without any boning. These lighter sport corsets were recommended for better mobility and breathing, while still providing support; similar to how most women today wouldn’t be physically comfortable exercising without a bra.


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