Recently, Phillip over at MAKE blogged some great images from the LIFE photo archive hosted through Google. I was completely smitten – vintage photographs/advertisements are one of my all-time favorite things to peruse. I decided to browse the LIFE archive for craft-related images, and was in vintage picture paradise. Here are a few of my favorites.
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Closeup of the hands of Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt doing a seed stitch while working on embroidery at home.
Location: Oyster Bay, NY, US
Date taken: 1938
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
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Modern Living (Sewing)
Photographer: Dmitri Kessel
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Pakistan Personalities
Fatimah Jinnah (C-back row, silver-haired clad in white), the sister of Pakistan’s First. Gov., surrounded by ladies of Karachi, during their weekly “work party” Saturday meeting where they cut, sew & knit clothes for refugees, at the Government House.
Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Date taken: December 1947
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
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Society editor Leltie Faucett of the Abilene Reporter News attending a sewing club meeting.
Location: Abilene, TX, US
Date taken: February 1950
Photographer: Joseph Scherschel
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Story: American Crafts
Photographer: Nina Leen
There are many, many more pictures to dig through and discover. Take some time to search and enjoy!