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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...stiffness and weight of paddings and interlinings, overweighting the front of the coat and designed to hide the'very contortions of figure which they cultivate, it is not surprising that erect posture is one of the very uncertain features of growth. All that has been said of the cut of garments for boys so that they hang as a harness yoke on the neck and shoulders, thrusting these forward and dragging the chest downward, applies as well to much of the clothing of girls. The lines of neck, collar, and shoulder seams in gowns are often as vise-like in their hold as when they occur in the heavier materials and stiff linen used for boys' clothing. For little boys and girls, underwaists and straps that suspend the weight of clothing from the shoulders, have usually quite the same effect as suspenders. Orthopedic surgeons find these to be among the contributing causes of lateral curvature of the spine,1 and the physical trainer knows that they are among the basic causes of antero-posterior faults of posture. As a remedy for all these misfit garments, a demand from the public for clothing that will fit the properly erect figure would 1 Goldthwait, 54; Lovett, 86, doubtless lead to different models from manufacturers, who are ever eager to meet a general demand. In girls' clothing it is unnecessary to say that corsets and corset waists have an immediate influence on posture. The problem of corsets is by no means confined to the older girls of high school and college or to adults. In the elementary schools a large percentage of girls wear corsets in the last two years of the grades,--girls from thirteen to fifteen years of age. In some sections corsets are found to be worn even earlier. A new school of medical opinion has recently appeared in relation to corsets. Fi...
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