November 7, 2013 in City

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

By Correspondent

From our archives, 100 years ago

Are you stouter than fashion decrees? 

That was the question asked in a newspaper ad. And if you answered yes, the ad had the perfect answer: Rengo Belt Reducing Corsets, the “strongest and most scientific Reducing corsets made.”

A special belt “holds the figure firmly,” and a “heavy special elastic webbing automatically adjusts and holds down excess flesh over the hips and back.”

The Rengo Belt Reducing Corsets are “boned throughout with double watch-spring steel which we guarantee will not rust.”

From the censorship beat: Mayor W.J. Hindley planned on breaking a lifelong rule, in order to fulfill his duties as the city’s theater censor.

“I have never attended a show or a baseball game on Sunday in my life, because I have not thought it the right thing to do,” Hindley said.

But he felt he had to, in order to check out an often-banned play called “The Lure” at one theater and a movie called “Sapho” at another. Both theater managers were confident that Hindley would not find the versions they were presenting objectionable.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1940: Washington’s original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed into Puget Sound during a windstorm.

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