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A child's petticoat made from composite materials. The bodice has been cut from a nappy, the shoulder straps are made from blue velvet, and the skirt and over frill are made from stiffened mesh canvas. The garment is fastened at the back with three snap fastenings.
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Children’s comforts were among the casualties as families struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression of the 1930s. During the Depression families with young children were often forced to go to great lengths to clothe their children, relying on charity, ingenuity and frugality to survive. This petticoat, which has been stitched together using scraps of household items, shows just how tough it was for many families. The bodice is cut from a nappy, the shoulder straps are strips of blue velvet and the skirt is made from stiffened mesh fabric.
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