Stapley & Smith was a clothing manufacturer that specialised in foundation garments and underwear such as bustles and corsets. The company was founded by Richard Stapley and Henry Smith in London. Stapley & Smith advertised widely in the 1870s and 1880s and were one of the first companies to register their underwear designs.
By Mark Matlach
Stapley & Smith used a variety of overprint patterns from the end of the 19th century to the mid-1940s.
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