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Kitchen Towel, Tuesday, Ironing

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linen fabric, cotton embroidery thread
27 9/16 × 17 in. (70 × 43.2 cm)
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Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Theresa Allen
The embroidered design on this linen towel reserves it for kitchen décor rather than for drying dishes. Stitched in cotton thread on a white towel is a woman in a red apron ironing, the housekeeping task scheduled for “Tuesday.” The towel is part of a days-of-the-week set made from a needlecraft kit, a popular creative endeavor in the 1940s, when smaller, single-family homes and new appliances eased the burden of housework for middle-class women. Behind the woman at the ironing board, red-and-yellow flowers with green leaves grow in a yellow flowerpot at an open window. A matching floral border extends on either side of the window, whose blue gingham valance billows in the breeze. Mary Thompson Ford (1861-1960) was both college-educated and a proud homemaker in Jersey City, NJ. Her daughter Blanche Ford Hart (1897-1992) likely embroidered these towels for use in their family kitchen.
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