Did Thomas Paine make corsets for a living?
Paine was trained at an early age to follow his father’s trade as a staymaker. The first biography of Paine by Oldys (who was paid by an English Lord to slander Paine) characterized Paine as “corset-maker” to deride him. This is one of the many slanders spread to this day to discredit him. Paine trained as a teenager to be a staymaker but worked only a couple of years at it after returning from sea as a privateer at age 20.