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Board Room: 1940

Board Room: 1940

March 1940. "Ironing room of migratory labor camp at Sinton, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Master switch and master pattern

It looks like each iron outlet has its own pilot light to indicate that the power is on. I wonder if perhaps all the outlets were controlled by that switch near the door - that way, somebody could shut down all the irons in the room with one switch, when laundry time was over, or at night.

That far ironing board support also sports either the carpenter's pattern, or the piece in the "kit" that was labeled (if it was made elsewhere and shipped to the site). The top line pretty clearly says "IRONING BOARD", but the bottom line is more garbled - "CENTRAL VT"? - perhaps a misspelling of Sinton.

[CENTRAL UTILITY. - Dave]

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