[PW] Request help - Vogue 1916 cite "Brevity is the soul of lingerie"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 05:56:06 PST 2016


The request has been satisfied. Many thanks to Jesse Sheidlower, Ben
Zimmer, and Martha Higgins for help.

The citation was accurate.
Garson

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 6:32 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dorothy Parker once quipped "Brevity is the soul of lingerie".
> Apparently, she wrote the phrase in a caption in the fashion magazine
> "Vogue", and I am trying to verify the accuracy of a "Vogue" citation
> in 1916.
>
> Do you have access to the ProQuest: The Vogue Archive? If you do I
> hope you will be willing to perform a quick search for the phrase and
> send to me a pertinent PDF. Alternatively, you may have access to
> microfilm or bound copies of "Vogue" in 1916.
>
> I have checked Google Books and HathiTrust, but the coverage of the
> early years of "Vogue" is very poor. Issues in 1916 are in the public
> domain, but, unhappily, I have not been able to find scans online.
>
> Here are the details for the citation under investigation:
>
> Date: October 1, 1916
> Periodical: Vogue
> Article: Pattern Service
> Quote Page 101
> Publisher: Conde Nast, New York
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> From these foundations of the autumn wardrobe, one may learn that
> brevity is the soul of lingerie.
> [End excerpt]
>
> It would be helpful to see the surrounding context for the quotation.
>
> Background information on this topic is available here:
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/02/25/brevity/
>
> Please let me know if you can help, thanks,
> Garson O'Toole
> QuoteInvestigator.com


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