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