Advertisement for the Little Wonder warehouse
Printer: Straker, W.
Medium: Print on paper
Ladies wore many layers of underwear during the 19th century - petticoats, bodices, slips and stockings. Although their dresses and bodices were tightly fitted, their underwear was often quite loose. The folds of the material would keep a lady warm, allow air to circulate under her corset and absorb perspiration. Outer clothes were thus protected and required less frequent cleaning. Even children wore layers of underwear, with chemises and petticoats made from cotton since this was the cheapest material. Notice that the 'Little Wonder' warehouse sold only ladies' and children's underclothing - gentlemen's underwear was sold in separate shops to avoid any embarrassment.