Punch,  33 (1857), 7.

Survey of a Lady's Dress



Reportage, Spoof


Measurement, Mapping, Metrology, Domestic Economy

    Reports on the 'Great disputes that have arisen among engineers and scientific gentlemen as to the particular scale that should be adopted in taking the survey of a fashionable lady's dress'. Presents the arguments of Francis R Charteris (Lord Elcho) for the adoption of a scale of 'twenty-five inches to the mile', and his answers to the objection that the map of a dress on his scale would be enormous. Concludes with Roderick I Murchison's argument that a one-inch scale map should be used because a larger-scale map would be 'useless and extravagant' and husbands only needed to have milliner's bills to 'estimate the quantity' of material.

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