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Thread: History of Women and Sewing from the 1890s-1930s

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    Junior Member frannella's Avatar
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    In a recent exchange on the 'mending' topic, someone suggested that this fascinating read by Sarah Gordon be moved to a main topic. Here it is:

    There is a fascinating book (actually a Rutgers University PhD history department dissertation) by Sarah Gordon on women and sewing entitled "Sew It Yourself--Home Sewing, Gender, & Culture 1890-1930. Embedded in the online.pdf are oral interviews with a number of women sewers who recall their own sewing experiences in their youth or their mother's or grandmother's. You can find it here:
    http://www.gutenberg-e.org/gordon/acknowledge.html

    At 5 chapters it's on the long side, but I think many of the responders to marymild's thread would enjoy it.

    P.S. My grandmother, beautifully skilled in needlework but *not* a quilter, got her master's degree in home economics in the late 1800s--the title of her thesis was "The potential for the Use of Electricity in the Home." Another era for sure.

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    Never mind! I see another topic about this, again Thanks so much!

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