Kleinert’s Dress Shield, Hookon Corset Hose Supporter, and Telegram Skirt Facing . [Promotional booklet[.
New York: I.B. Kleinert Rubber Co., [n.d., ca. 1900]. First edition. Approximate date from the patent date of the hook-on corset (Dec. 1899). Printed in full color on every page with attractive promotional images for Kleinert’s fashion products. Printing error involving a tracking wheel has caused a vertical line of small pinholes. A very good, fresh copy of a rare women’s fashion item. Original paper wrappers printed in color. Stapled. 3 in. x 5 in.  pp. Item #17054
Isaak B. Kleinert (1830 – 1913), a German immigrant to the United States, invented Kleinert’s Olympia Dress Shield in 1869. Before the invention of antiperspirants, dress shields — small ovals of fabric worn between the underarms and the sleeve of a dress — were the most common way of keeping dresses clean and dry. Kleinert was the first person to create dress shields that could be washed, ironed, and reused. The other products in the present item include a set of suspenders for hose and two varieties of water-resistant skirt facing (replaceable strips of durable fabric sewn into the hem of a skirt to protect it from the ground and floors).
Kleinert is credited with the invention of products like the shower cap, shower curtain, and waterproof pants for babies and toddlers. The company still operates today as Hygienics Industries. No copies in OCLC.