|Title||Four women processing flax outside a home near Lake Sammamish, 1943 |
|Caption||During the summer of 1943, Mrs. Ole Pearson, who lived near Lake Sammamish, Washington, learned of an overgrown field of flax which had been rejected by a linen mill in nearby Monroe. She and some of her Swedish American neighbors harvested part of the crop and processed it in the traditional manner used by their parents and grandparents. They then spun linen thread and wove it into tea towels.|
This 1943 photograph shows Regina Olson, Mrs. Ole Wicklund, Grace Gaudy and Mrs. Ole Pearson processing flax in the Pearsons' back yard near Lake Sammamish. They crush the flax stems with wooden flax brakes to help separate the fiber from the rest of the plant material. Skeins of unspun linen fiber lie on the table and on the scale.
|Notes||Handwritten on sleeve: FLAX, Industry near Auburn; Olson, Regina, Mrs.; Wicklund, Ole, Mrs.; Gaudy, Grace S., Mrs.; Pearson, Ole, Mrs.; Pearson, Katherine.|
Caption by MOHAI staff.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): 1943.
|Subjects||Flax--Washington (State); Swedish Americans--Washington (State); Women--Washington (State); Handicraft--Washington (State); Yards--Washington (State) |
|Personal Names||Gaudy, Grace|
Pearson, Mrs. Ole
Wicklund, Mrs. Ole
|Places||United States--Washington (State) |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5.3320.2 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 acetate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |