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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

The Rose Blowpipe: 1917

The Rose Blowpipe: 1917

January 29, 1917. "Margaret Reddington, 14 years old, powdering roses with blowpipe at Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge St. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Preserved Roses

At least part of the work done at this factory was in dipping real roses in wax for use in artificial arrangements. It looks like they made more traditional fake flowers as well, so powdering may well have been something like flocking, hard to say. There are a bunch more pictures from this factory here.

Powdering Roses

What does that mean?

[Maybe it's a typo, and she's powdering noses. - Dave]

 
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