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Samplers: Learning to Sew

Clothing store advertisement, Bath, ca. 1886

Clothing store advertisement, Bath, ca. 1886

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Maine Historical Society

After 1850, more and more of a family's needs could be met outside the home, as this advertisement for "Fancy Goods" suggests.

At school, girls received a more academic education than earlier in the century. Women practiced needlework as necessity demanded and leisure time allowed, but the skills that samplers taught were not considered as vital as they once were, and by 1850, samplers had become a lost art form in Maine.


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