Caresse Crosby (April 20, 1891–January 26, 1970), born Mary Phelps Jacob (nicknamed "Polly" by her parents), was an American patron of the arts, poet, publisher, and peace activist. At age 19, she invented the first modern brassiere to receive a patent and gain wide acceptance.
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