I just acquired this beautiful antique photograph of two Swedish maidservants with lovely (obviously corseted) figures. The image speaks for itself as an ironclad rebuttal against the people who claim that only upper-class women wore corsets, or that corsets impede work / physical activity!
And if you’re interested in corsets, you might enjoy my upcoming book! Amazon is offering pre-orders: http://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Secrets-Corset-Taught-Present/dp/1626361754/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374283149&sr=1-1&keywords=victorian+secrets
Author: Sarah A. Chrisman
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"