Friday, October 08, 2004

No brassieres for Britney

According to Joker, you'll have a hard time catching Britney wearing a bra.

The concept of covering or restraining the breasts dates back to ca. 4500 BCE, in Greece. It is said that brassieres were invented by men so that women's breasts would be smaller, more like a man's.

In America, Mary Phelps Jacob was granted the first U.S. patent for the brassiere in 1913. She was aided in this work by her French maid, Marie. Her invention is most widely recognized as the predecessor to the modern bra. She sold the patent to the Warner Brothers Corset Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for $1,500 (or over $25,600 in today's money). Warner eventually made an estimated $15 million off Caresse's patent.

The oft-repeated story that the brassiere was invented by a man named Otto Titzling is false.