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Revised: Mar. 31, 2003
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 History of breast forms
"Falsies" have probably been around in one form or another for many centuries, but it has only been in the last few decades that a large industry has blossomed around simulation or enhancement of breast tissue. I haven't been able to find a whole lot of information on the history of breast forms either on the web or by contacting breast form manufacturers and other companies directly, so this section will have to be a little different. I can provide some anecdotal information that I've found in my searches so far, but it is sketchy at best. As I learn more I will update this section accordingly.

Canadian doctor Michel Sarrazin performs first known Canadian mastectomy [1]

US Patent for "Bosom Form" Patent 401028, April 9, 1889 by J. W. Greene - a breast growth device that could double as a prosthesis. [2]

 Early 1900s
"In the early 1900s, when the mastectomy was first performed, there were no breast prostheses available. Women either did without a prosthesis or made their own out of available materials." [3]

Time capsule from 1940 - includes "1 Lady's Breast Form" [4]

 Late 1960s
Airway introduces "Companion" - the first external silicone prosthesis.

Amoena Affinity/Discrene attachable systems introduced

Amoena Luxa Contact attachable form introduced

[1] This item implies that mastectomies HAD been performed ELSEWHERE prior to 1700 - this also directly contradicts information found in [3] I will try to get this discrepancy clarified.

Company Histories
Company Created First
Country of
   Airway(SAI)      1893      ~1964      Germany  
   Amoena (Coloplast)      1957      1975      Denmark  
   Camp(Trulife)      1908      "over 30 years"      Ireland  
   Classique      1976      1976      Germany  
   Expressions(Otto Bock)      1919      ??      ??  
   Freeman      1891      1990      USA  
   Jodee      1971      1971      Germany  
   Natural Profile Corp.      1986      1995      USA  
   Nearly Me      1976      1976      USA  
   Saville 1300      1991      1993      USA/Brazil  

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