Camp Catalogues through the Decades

Camp Catalogue from 1930


Camp corset models from the 1930 catalogue (1081, 2821, 3011, 3061). All the Camp patents are featured including the pull-straps and the rear suspenders.


Further models from 1930 (83, 85, 66 and 19). The model 19 is the generic forerunner of the model 143 that many women agree to call the 'classic' Camp corset. Many devotees of this corset never realised that there were other styles. Yet again my husband felt moved to comment on the lady second from the right wearing the model 66 "You dare to photograph me in my corsets, and I'll throw my dog at you !"

Camp Catalogue from 1948


Again the 'classic' Camp on the left and a rather formidable lady in the right. My husband says that she reminds him of something from the old Soviet Union. She certainly is a good example of 'stout'.

The formidable matronly figure makes quite some appearance in corset advertising. Certainly, it is the sort of figure that might genuinely require a corset, however, the matron's appearance amongst the otherwise slim professional models always causes a shock, as though to remind the browser that corsetry is a serious business ! 

Camp Catalogue from 1970


The 'classic' Camp models 141, 143 and 9143. All classic back fan-lacing corsets with sufficient height to control the waist.


For the fuller, more pendulous figure, styles 38L,  B83, B84 and B87 were available as back-lacers or side lacers. In the latter case, rigid bones for spinal support could be inserted. Such corsets would never fully control the waist, they simply pulled the abdomen back where it belonged and left the midriff bulge to the base of the brassiere. The resultant figure aspect could be described as 'matronly'.

Camp Catalogue from 1992


The Dutch Basko Camp catalogue of 1992 stills carries the 'classic' model (left and centre). The model (right) has all the patented hall-marks of Samuel Camp's original invention.

In 1992, the models in the catalogues seemed to be coy about wearing what by modern standards is simply a 'surgical corset' with no fashionable intent at all. Reinforcing this intent is the drab beige (not even pink or tea rose) coutil with which the corset is fabricated. Nevertheless, the 'classic' Camp is still a powerful corset and if used for fashion purposes will flatten with ease the most protuberant of abdomens.