This was making the Facebook rounds recently: “Hoops had to be removed before taking your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.”
|London. Life Magazine|
Umm… Nope! Not buying it. No respectable woman would have shimmied out of her hoop—or crinoline—in public. Heck, men aren’t allowed to see their boot-covered ankles! Check out the faces of the “gentlemen” watching the woman, probably a servant or a working-class female, as she checks out the merchandise.
And how the heck were they to get it back on? Those things tie around the waist, have petticoats that go over them, have tapes and buttons and… Just no!
More likely this was a delivery service or an 1858 version of a sales call.