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Women Sewing for Civil Works Administration Project

Date: 1934
Description: A group of Fond du Lac women sews clothes for a Civil Works Administration project in 1934. The CWA was an emergency program that lasted from November 1933...

Sewing Class at School for Indian Children

Date: 1895
Description: Sewing room at Lac du Flambeau U.S. Government School for Indian children. Female students posed at their sewing machines and work tables.
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Map Sampler

Date: 1809
Description: Embroidered sampler of a map of the United States.

Crochet Club

Date: 1900
Description: Group of fifteen women gathered around three tables behind a home, probably the DMC Club, an exclusive social and sewing society named for an imported bran...
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Pastoral Needlework Scene

Date: 1800
Description: Needlework scene on silk worked in colored silk thread using running and crewel stitches. The hands and faces of the figures are watercolor on paper. Sce...
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Home Sweet Home Sampler

Date: 1877
Description: Punch paper "Home Sweet Home" sampler.
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Elizabeth Fisher Sampler

Date: April 24 1820
Description: Embroidered sampler bearing the stitched signature, "El Fisher April 24 1820." Elizabeth Fisher was the half-sister of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman.

Indian Utensils and Arms

Date: 1832
Description: Assorted Indian utensils and arms.

Woman Using Sewing Machine

Date: 1955
Description: Woman using a Necchi sewing machine.

Making Dolls

Date: July 17 1957
Description: A young woman helps a girl make toy dolls out of cloth.

Crocheting Doilies

Date: April 17 1957
Description: A Girl Scout crochets doilies at a senior citizens' care center with her "adoptive grandmother."

Chippewa Woman Making Baskets

Date: 1925
Description: A Chippewa (Ojibwa) woman preparing splints for basket making. This image is part of an exhibit about Native Americans prepared by Paul Vanderbilt, the fi...

Weaving Room at the State School for the Blind

Date: 1893
Description: Several looms in the instructional weaving facility at the State School for the Blind.

Shrout Family making Christmas Decorations

Date: December 16 1952
Description: Mrs. Marie Shrout, 1102 Grant Street, preparing Christmas tree decorations with her children, Jim, 13, Patrick, 3, Douglas, 4, Susan, 9, Michael, 7, and St...

Nativity Creche

Date: November 21 1955
Description: Nativity creche (belonging to Mrs. Fred Chamberlin, 3475 West Belt Line?).

German Grandmother Spinning Yarn

Date: 1941
Description: Side view of German grandmother using spinning wheel to spin yarn.

Ella M. Pickford

Date: April 24 1945
Description: Portrait of Ella M. Pickford (Mrs. Henry W. Pickford), 201 South Mills Street. Mrs. Pickford, who is 88 years old, does her own housework and despite poor...

Mrs. Charles C. (Alice) Long and Flag

Date: June 27 1945
Description: Mrs. Charles C. (Alice) Long is shown with the flag she crocheted for her son, Lieutenant Commander H.W. Christensen, who is a surgeon, serving in the Paci...

Karok Baskets

Date: 1923
Description: The original caption reads: "The basketry of the Karok does not differ from that of the Hupa and the Yurok. The process is always twining, and the usual ma...

Doilies for Sale in Store

Description: Display of doilies for sale in a store window.

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