~ ~ The Star, Crawfordsville, Indiana; February 6, 1904Why do I get the feeling this might have been a popular urban legend during the Victorian/Edwardian periods? I keep imagining two teenage girls sitting in a parlor and talking:Victorian girl #1: “My cousin, Mabel, well she has a friend whose sister knows a girl who laced her corset too tightly and then tried to climb three flights of stairs and died!”Victorian girl #2: “No! Really? How dreadful! Tell me more…”

~ ~ The Star, Crawfordsville, Indiana; February 6, 1904

Why do I get the feeling this might have been a popular urban legend during the Victorian/Edwardian periods? I keep imagining two teenage girls sitting in a parlor and talking:

Victorian girl #1: “My cousin, Mabel, well she has a friend whose sister knows a girl who laced her corset too tightly and then tried to climb three flights of stairs and died!”
Victorian girl #2: “No! Really? How dreadful! Tell me more…”