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Pretty Actress with poor posture in London, England (Lilian Carlyle) | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY


A pretty actress exhibits poor posture as she poses in London, England, at the studio of Ellis & Wallery. The performers name is Miss Lilian Carlyle, and she appears to be pushing her chest out, possibly to amplify her ample bust. Is there a chiropractor in the house? Printing on the reverse of the photograph states that the studio was established in 1884.  The backdrop employed in this portrait is not particularly realistic but at least it doesn’t detract from the portrait and allows Miss Carlyle to be the major focus. 

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8 comments on “Pretty Actress with poor posture in London, England (Lilian Carlyle) | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

  1. First Night Design

    Reblogged this on First Night Design.


  2. hitandrun1964

    Do you think she was wearing a small bustle?

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  3. hitandrun1964

    LOL that’s the wrong word, sorry about that. LOL

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  4. janetweightreed10

    A very interesting physique:) A day for smiles….xx

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  5. janetweightreed10

    Reblogged this on My Life as an Artist (2) and commented:
    From Sarah.

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  6. First Night Design

    I do indeed.


  7. Not “bad” posture, per say. Just an S-bend corset, standard for the day. The Gibson girls popularized them, though they did lead to lumbar issues. Ironically, they were initially touted as being a healthier corset shape, bc there was less stress on the abdomen. Part of the S Bend (AKA Edwardian corset) popularity was that it caused swayback in the hips when the woman walked, which was thought to be an attractive. Possibly a small pad is worn, but bustles were waning in popularity by this time; the S Bend intentionally caused the pelvis to be tilted forward and the rear to be pushed back out, so it partially did the bustle’s job in that respect. The chest was supposed to appear big and billowing, hence the S shape.

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  8. First Night Design

    Indeed. If it has been my article, I would not have been prompted to mention bad posture!


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