Above: The caption for this photo reads, "All products on the Milwaukee WPA Sewing Project are made from original designs drawn by project artists. Mary Jane Thomas is shown designing a new cotton house dress on this project. The Milwaukee WPA Sewing Project employs 900 women. It has industrial type of machines throughout and the work plan is comparable with that of private industry." Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.
Above: To contribute to the war effort, women in WPA sewing room projects produced or repaired "clothes, including shoes, and tents, blankets, knapsacks, web belting, canteen covers...draperies..." (from the Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-43). WPA poster image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Above: This WPA sewing room project was located at 4940 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland, which is now the location of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.
Above: This WPA poster highlights occupations related to sewing. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Above: Women in WPA sewing room projects also made toys and stuffed animals for disadvantaged children. These stuffed animals, and dresses, were made in a WPA sewing room project in Prince George's County, Maryland. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.
Above: WPA sewing room projects could employ a large number of jobless women, as this project in Denver, Colorado highlights. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and New Deal Network.