Suspenders. Several hundred years ago, the methods of keeping the trousers in place were exceedingly vexatious. Strings were attached to the coat and similar ones to the tops of the breeches, and then tied together to unite the most important parts of the attire. The nobles and aristocrats wore ribbons in place of strings, and in the reign of Charles I of England, a beau was almost a mass of silk ribbons. In the United States up to 1848 the masculine element were in the habit of keeping their trousers in position by means of strings made of muslin or ticking by the poor, and knitted galluses by the better-to-do. In 1848 suspenders of rubber webbing were first manufactured, since which time they have entirely superseded the strings and ribbons of our forefathers.