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How the Upper Class Lived: Lady Astor's underpants

Rosina Harrison, maid to Lady Nancy Astor (1879 — 1964) explained her underwear ritual: "She was particularly fastidious about her underwear. It was kept in sets in silk pouches which I had to make and decorate in his Lordship's racing colours, blue and pink. Every evening I would leave one pouch in her stool and she would fold her underwear into it and tie the ribbon and so it would be sent to be laundered. Her ladyship's underwear was handmade in France, at some school for crippled girls, from a silk and wool mixture for winter, with knickers fitting above the knee, and of triple ninon for the summer, beautifully appliqued and sewn."


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