Punch,  57 (1869), 126.

A Wanton Warning to Vanity





Gender, Health, Death, Periodicals

    Attacks the Morning Post (which Punch regarded as its 'fashionable contemporary') for publishing an article reporting the death of a young woman from tight-lacing, a report which Punch thinks will terrify those 'dear girls who take in such instructive journals as the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine'. The report states that the woman collapsed in a park, and was examined by Dr Smellie who claimed that the cause of death was 'effusion of blood on the chest [...] accelerated by compression of the chest' caused by tight-lacing. Notes that this report will deter girls from tight-lacing, but suggests that girls have a 'propensity' to follow fashions regardless of consequences and will not therefore be perturbed by the gruesome newspaper report.

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