Famous Tightlacers -- "Polaire"

Famous Tightlacers

(Pauline) POLAIRE (Emilie-Marie Bouchard) 


Many enlargeable

Polaire was the world record holder prior to Ethel Granger, claiming a measurement of 14 inches, although that may have been just once, for an instance, wearing a tight belt
(just under 16 inches was probably her true size.  She was a close friend of Colette (here shown at age 15) in her youth.


A Reutlinger photograph (1900) 




DO visit this most interesting French language site, dedicated to Polaire, and containing pictures and voice recordings

(above left) Obviously retouched, but certainly pleasant to look upon.

(above left) "Publicity" picture from a 1906 production of 'dans les Hannetons'



Library of Congress file


The author alerts us to his new (French) book about the fabulous wasp-waisted singer and actress:

 Polaire - La demoiselle à la rose rouge
(une amie de Colette)

Contains Many photos, drawings, caricatures, letters, etc.
(about 500 documents)

Press release and ordering information (in French)





A Polaire by Stebbing






Polaire, with Germaine Gallois

Miss Gallois was an elegant and beautiful French soprano and actress  (1869-1932), in vogue during the Belle Époque till the late 1920's.





(below) "...from the 1904 production of 'dans Le Friquet.'  Theses are crops - for full picture, click



Jörge has tendered this very early filmclip of Polaire (silent).


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