Business & Finance: Snug Corsets

Parading before a small army of men and women across the roof ballroom of Manhattan's respectable Hotel McAlpin last week were dozens of smiling young women who wore no dresses, no slips, not a stitch of clothing that anyone could see except a corset and a pair of stockings. Yet the hotel manager was not disturbed and no guest complained at the exhibition.

It was the semi-annual fashion show of corset manufacturers, and every U. S. department store had a special reason for making sure that its buyer got to the McAlpin and to the...

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