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A Fair to Remember: 1941

A Fair to Remember: 1941

July 1941. "Carnival attractions in Vale, Oregon, on the Fourth of July." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Pretty Prints

The mother/daughter dresses were likely made from feed bags. In the 1930s - 1950s feed bag companies used fancy printed cloth that farm women could make into clothing for the family.

An unusually spectacular example is here:

My great grandfather was in management at the Chase Bag Company in Milwaukee. I well remember wearing shirts made of this cloth which my mother's family called "pretty prints."

Like mother, like daughter

I notice that the woman and the little girl on the right are wearing dresses made from the same print material. I suspect that the mother made them, from fabric and patterns bought at the local sewing shop.

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