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Arie Artince Guthrie-Cooper papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1112

Scope and Contents

The Aries Artince Guthrie-Cooper papers date from 1992 and measure 0.25 linear inches. The papers contain a photograph of Guthrie-Cooper, a brief biography, and the 1992 certified copy of her 1947 patent for the "bust-contour pad."


  • Creation: 1992

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Born in Decatur, Iowa, in 1891, Arie Artince Gutherie-Cooper did not graduate high school. She trained as a corsettier and was a foundation garment salesperson with teh Bien Jolie Company, where she became concerned with women's health after witnessing many costumers pad their breasts with old fabric after healing from breast surgey. She invented the "bust-contour pad" and in 1945 applied for the United States Patent. That patent was granted in 1947.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Inventor of the breast contour pad in 1945.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 490) were donated by Judith Brady in 1997.

Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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