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Seamstress, 1943

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This photo is an artifact of World War II’s effect on home life in America. Sewing your own clothes was not uncommon during this era, but national belt-tightening meant re-using every resource, from newspapers to fabric. This photograph, made by a government agency charged with documenting American life, might have had an instructional purpose. The caption suggests this: “Self-fitting is easy for Cynthia because she applies new simplified methods. Her dress is already permanently stitched at the waistline.”

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