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Kitchen Towel, Saturday, Baking

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linen fabric, cotton embroidery thread
27 3/4 × 17 1/4 in. (70.5 × 43.8 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 rolling out dough on a table. Behind her, a child sneaks a treat from the cookie jar. The woman wears a ruffled white apron over a red gingham dress as she bakes, the housekeeping task scheduled for “Saturday.” 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. 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. An apron and a tablecloth complete the days-of-the-week collection (2008.0002.0006a-g).
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