Oh, hai, website. I kinda forgot you for a minute.

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Howdily doodily, three people that prolly read this bad boy.

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Estranged Strange Stays: A Curious eBay Find

I will never ever get this lucky.

The Pragmatic Costumer

A brief post spurred by the discovery of this odd garment:

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I found them in this auction listing on eBay. All the eBay seller has to say about them is this perfunctory description: “Circa 18THC, a cream silk brocade corset or stays with polychrome florals and ties. In mainly  strong condition, there is wear and splitting, but overall good and strong. All items we list need to be cleaned.”

The maddeningly menial mishmash of adjectives gives no clue as to the history of the piece, so we are left with the pictures to be our sole diviners.

This looks like a fairly standard set of 18th Century stays. However, a second glance and you will notice that something is “off” about them, particularly the back lacing:

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Yup. It’s sewn on decorative ribbon– not actual spiral lacing!

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When you turn the stays over, it reveals a secret: a second pair…

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January 3 – Toast to the Professor

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Every year, Ringers stop to honor the author, professor and architect of Middle Earth, JRR Tolkien.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. (via Wikipedia).

At 9 p.m., your time, raise a glass to the man.

January 3, 7 p.m.: New Year’s Zine! at Geek Bar Beta

 

Local zinesters  read their latest work at local geek mecca, Geek Bar.  Called “New Year’s Zine! at Geek Bar Beta (1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622), the lineup includes  Adam Gnade, Julia Eff, Alex Nall, Jim Joyce, Jessie Lynn McMains, Liz Mason, Jonas and Nicki Yowell.  For more information,  go to the link:
(224) New Year’s Zine! at Geek Bar Beta.