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Berlei Cinema Advertisement: It Isn’t Done (1930)

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The Berlei Figure Type Indicator

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After taking Barb’s measurements, Ms Blake calls Ms Trent and asks her to check them against the Berlei Figure Type Indicator, which indicates she is a ‘slender average type’. A suitable foundation garment for evening wear is brought up to the room to correct Barb’s ‘figure faults’. After slipping it on, she stands in front of the mirror where she admires herself in her evening dress. Barb is now converted, agreeing that from now on she will never forsake her Berlei – 'it simply isn’t done!’

Curator’s notes

In the shot where Barb catches herself in the dresser mirror, the reflection of the cameraman – with his hand-cranked camera – can be seen in the top left corner of the mirror.

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