According to an inventive history of the undergarment that is now widely believed, Titzling came to invent the item while living in a New York boardinghouse in 1912. One of his  neighbors was a buxom opera singer named Swanhilda Olafson,  and the structural engineering problems she presented inspired Titzling to create a contraption to uphold this lady’s ample bosom. In the early 1930s, a French fellow named Philip de Brassiere began producing a similar undergarment. Titzling sued, but Brassiere won in court, and that is why today we call a lady’s frontal up lifter a brassiere instead of a titzling.

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