Sunday, June 5, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #11: Underwear

Today's podcast is a look at a specific part of fashion history...underwear. The resources we discuss can be found via  the following:

American Heritage Dictionaries. Word Histories and Mysteries: From Abracadabra to Zeus. Boston: 
Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004.

Feldman, David. Who Put the Butter in Butterfly? . . . and Other Fearless Investigations into our Illogical Language. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

Funk, Charles Earle. Hog on Ice & Other Curious Expressions. New York: Harper Colophon Books, 1948.

Funk, Charles Earle. Horsefeathers & Other Curious Words. New York: Harper & Row, 1958, 1986

Garrison, Webb. What’s in a Word? Fascinating Stories of More Than 350 Everyday Words and Phrases. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2000.

Hendrickson, Robert. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Rev. & Expanded Ed. New York: Checkmark Books, 1997, 2000. 

Mordock, John, & Myron Korach. Common Phrases and Where they Come from. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2001.

Morris, William, & Mary Morris. Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, 2nd ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.


Family Tree Magazine - PhotoDetective blog by Maureen Taylor

YouTube - Indianapolis Museum of Art - Revealing Garments: A Brief History of Women's Underwear (presentation by H. Kristina Haugland)

Google Play: Fashions and Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book: Including 8 Plates in Full Color

Also note that Godey's Lady's Book is also available online on several websites including subscription website Accessible Archives .

50 Years of Pantyhose

Clothing in the Colonies (for ordering or making)

Fashion History: Love to Know

Front View, Back View – Underwear in America 

Wikipedia - Godey’s Lady’s Book
Wikipedia - Bra 
Wikipedia - Slip (clothing)
Wikipedia - Nylon
Wikipedia - Pantyhose

Heroes, Heroines & History - Saloon Girls of the Wild West 

“The Ladies, God Bless ‘Em!” Shady Ladies of the Old West by Christine Jeffords

Legends of America - Painted Ladies of the Old West 

Why Nylons’ Run is Over


  1. What an interesting and entertaining program Jean and Gena! Gives me a whole different way of trying to imagine women's lives back then. We have it soooo easy today compared to them. Thanks for yet another great podcast!