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The Doll Dresser: 1936

The Doll Dresser: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Dressing and packing dolls." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Green with envy!

What I wouldn't give for both the dolls and the lady's job! Dressing beautiful dolls would be a dream job! I guess some doll lovers never grow out of it. I still have my favorite doll from childhood.

Belt clip

With no belt loops to hold the end of the belt in place over her sweater, she got creative and used a paper clip.

I wonder

if she's seen the guys out on the shop floor.

Worse than clowns

And some of our commenters think clowns are bad! I’m especially freaked out by the doll on her side, without clothes, arms and knees wrapped in paper, eyes closed, mouth frozen in a toothy gape.

Dresses and tresses

It looks like this young lady is not only dressing and packing the dolls. The comb and scissors indicate that she is also coiffing the dolls (or more likely seeing to the final tidying of tresses). I can imagine hers was probably one of the more sought after jobs at this factory.

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