[ Green Bay, Wisconsin: ca. 1930s]. With over three dozen pages with fabric swatches, sketches, and small artworks (including two paper weaving samples and a watercolor), plus clippings from periodicals laid-in or laid down. Light creasing and wear to pages, light occasional offsetting from fabric samples. A very good, very robust example of an advanced course in textiles, sewing, and fashion that also reveals the Depression-era labor history of women in the garment industry. Card paper homemade three-ring binder. 9 in. x 11 in. 200 pp. (approximately) of mimeographed, manuscript, and typed lesson plans and completed assignments. Item #17155
This portfolio represents all the skills a Depression-era woman would need to create her own garments and other textile goods: sewing, dyeing, and weaving; selecting the right fabrics from stores; repurposing discarded household items into tools to save money (e.g., a cigar box into a loom); and much more. Periodical clippings of illustrations of women weaving in industrial and commercial settings indicate that students who completed this correspondence course would not only be able to produce textile goods for their own families but also find skilled employment in the garment industry.
Lorraine Dury became an educator and writer who co-authored a 1947 textbook for fourth and fifth graders called It Happened Here with three other Green Bay-area public school teachers. Dury appeared frequently in the pages of periodicals like School Arts with her creative curriculum ideas and sharing the artwork of her students.