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Sent: Thu 1/4/2007 9:50 PM Further to my recent query on this subject, I have now made investigations and all the evidence seems to suggest that the single source for the apparent popularity of pierced nipples and breast jewellery in 1890s England can be traced (via various intermediary texts) to the correspondence columns of the periodical _Society_ around 1899. I would not consider this an entirely reliable source. Although the journal does contain a substantial quota of social and political news and gossip, reviews of plays, etc, the correspondence column was almost entirely given over debates on corporal punishment (this recalls the earlier famous one in _The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine_), the merits of tight lacing, and similar topics. There are advertisements by the pornography dealer Carrington and increasingly what appear to be coded advertisements for prostitution (offering rather specialised services). I am therefore strongly inclined to consider this much disseminated claim factitious, unless anyone has any additional evidence in support. Thanks Lesley Hall firstname.lastname@example.org www.lesleyahall.net