Last night, we began searching for references to our item 1954B, our reproduction of the 1899 Demorest Bernard Waist, https://pastpatterns.com/…/late-1890s-bernard-waist…/
We did find an ad for it in a 1901 Buffalo newspaper, see pic #2 for this ad. Newspaper.com subscribers can get more info via https://www.newspapers.com/…/demorerst-1954-bernard-waist/
Finding vintage Demorest has not always been a simple or easy endevour…https://www.victorianvoices.net/magazines/Demorest.shtml
Then we found the Valdosta State Demorest Magazine archive. Whoa! What a GREAT resource!
https://vtext.valdosta.edu/xmlui/handle/10428/2079 has over 120 issues of the magazine ranging from 1879-1901.
Valdosta’s Description, “Demorest’s Family Magazine was a popular women’s magazine in 19th-century America featuring do-it-yourself guides on domestic . It was published in New York in 1879* by William Jennings Demorest, a prolific magazine publisher, teetotaler, and democratic politician. The magazine was a combination of two previously published periodicals: Mirror of Fashions, 1863-1879 and New York Illustrated News, 1859-1879.”