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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Flower Factory: 1917

The Flower Factory: 1917

"Margaret Ciampa, 14 years old, finishing flowers at Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge Street. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." January 29, 1917. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

That's a great link Dave,

That's a great link Dave, thanks!

Waxed Roses

She's removing the flowers from the dipping boards. These were real roses dipped in wax, which is still practiced as a craft.

Ah. Thank you!

Ah. Thank you!

Fluffing

I think she fluffing the artificial flowers and wiring them to wooden stems

What does "finishing

What does "finishing flowers" consist of?

 
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