Tumblr Top Three: March 2013

Counting down the most-liked and most-shared posts on our Tumblr blog, Wisco Histo, for this past month. Women are at the center of all three images, which is appropriate given that March was Women’s History Month.

3. Sewing class ca. 1927

This glass negative from Milwaukee Vocational School (now Milwaukee Area Technical College) shows female students at work on various sewing and dressmaking tasks. Closeup views reveal some of the remarkable detail captured in this scene, including the handwritten guidelines on the blackboard and the intense expression on the student model’s face.

Sewing class at Milwaukee Vocational School, 1927.

Sewing class at Milwaukee Vocational School, 1927. Milwaukee Area Technical College.

2. Cosmetology class ca. 1960

Another image from Milwaukee Area Technical College, depicting cosmetology students in the 1960s.

Cosmetology student works on a client at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 1960-1965.

Cosmetology student works on a client at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 1960-1965.

1. Pat Hitchcock of Mt. Horeb in World War II

Pat Jennings Hitchcock was a “clubmobile girl” for the American Red Cross during World War II, serving coffee and donuts from a converted bus to help provide a dose of morale and good spirits to American soldiers stationed in Europe. Pat’s story, including more photos, her letters home, and an oral history interview, can be found in the digital collection World War II Veterans of Mount Horeb from Mt. Horeb Public Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Reposts from the excellent Tumblr blogs Cool Chicks from History and Greatest Generation helped push this photo series to number one on this month’s list.

Pat Hitchcock in her winter Red Cross uniform, 1945.

Pat Hitchcock in her winter Red Cross uniform, 1945. Mount Horeb Public Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Pat distributing donuts from below the clubmobile. Mount Horeb Public Library.

Pat distributing donuts from below the clubmobile. Mount Horeb Public Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Pat and two other women with a Red Cross Clubmobile. Mount Horeb Public Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Pat and two other women with a Red Cross Clubmobile. Mount Horeb Public Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

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