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Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Corset, But No Corpse

From The Monessen (Pa.) Daily Independent of May 17, 1948:

READING, Pa. (UP)—Genealogists delving into the history of Reading and Berks County, Pa., for their bicentennial anniversary this year, have been puzzling over a curious epitaph recorded here.

The inscription reads: "Here lies the clothing of the living Anne B——," and has researchers bewildered to explain why anyone would want to bury the clothes of a living person.

With an eye to current styles in women's fashions, one genealogist hazarded the unscientific opinion that Annie B's husband may have taken the drastic step to express his displeasure with 18th century female dress.

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