Yesterday a clever trick was played on one of our leading dry goods merchants by which the proprietor became the loser of a valuable pair of unmentionables at the hands of a sharp man about town.
He entered the store in question and fitted himself with one of the best pair in the establishment. Just as he had discovered a pair to suit his taste and corporate requirements it was found that his money was not current.
Immediately he asked the store keeper’s permission to step out on the street to get it changed. Since as far as the proprietor of the store is aware he has yet to show up with the money or the unmentionables. 1867 October 11– Almonte Gazette
In the mid 1800’s mass production of underwear began and people started to buy their drawers instead of making them at home. Men’s unmentionables usually consisted of shirt and drawers. Wearing of two shirts common as the undershirt keeps the other shirt clean and free from body odour. Made of stout muslin, flannel, and flannel and knit fabrics sewn together. The knit types resemble long underwear of today without the elastic, but includes button closures.
Flannel drawers resembled modern pajama bottoms in shape, but with buttons at the waistband, a tie adjustment in the back and occasionally ties or drawstrings at the bottom of the legs. Three button, Y-front drawers also existed. White and off-white– The Unionsuit also became popular in the mid 1800’s – 1868 actually — and had the drop seat in the back.
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