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Fainting Couches and Other Single-Purpose Furniture

The Victorians among you may be familiar with fainting couches, designed with an asymmetrical back so that the weak-ankled women of the day could collapse safely and securely into something plush and velvety when things got too much emotionally speaking, or their corsets finally cut off circulation. Next time you're off to the Renn Faire, you might want to pick up some lesser-known single-purpose furniture along the same lines...

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Tags: costumes, funny, illustrated slideshows, victorian, fainting couch, renn faire, period pieces

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Erik Bergstrom

Erik Bergstrom is a comedian and illustrator who lives in New York City. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Time Out New York, on VH1,,, and as a blogger for Comedy Central's Indecison 2012. His book Grimmer Tales has been released Penguin Books.

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