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'I die where I cling': garters and 'busks' inscribed with love notes were the sexy lingerie of the past

By Sarah Bendall, Research Fellow, Gender and Women's Research Centre, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University
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The busk was a long piece of wood, metal or whalebone, stitched into fabric and inscribed with intimate words of love. Garters, too, often carried messages and were charged with erotic connotations.

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