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30 Vintage Sewing Images from the Library of Congress

Albanian girl sewing for the Red Cross. 1920.
Anyone who has followed us on Facebook or our old blog the past few years knows that when it comes to vintage sewing images, our mantra is "We scour the Internet so you don't have to!"

We recently spent some time browsing seemingly endless photographs cataloged by the Library of Congress. These are our 30 favorite images. None of these photos have restrictive rights and can be utilized or shared as you like as well.

These are in no particular order. You may click on the images to view them larger.

Detroit sewing factory. 1900 - 1910.


These gentlemen are moving a sewing machine out of a hotel. 1915.

Sewing costumes for the Washington Square Players in New York. 1916.

Iowa farmhouse. 1936.

New York tailor. 1936.


Lancaster, PA, home. 1938.

School economics class, Alabama. 1939.

Farmer's wife. California. 1940.

Louisiana. 1940.

Louisiana. 1940.

A machine offered during a "Curb Scrap Collection Drive" in Lititz, Pennsylvania. 1942.

Greenbelt, Maryland. 1942.  
Rochester, New York. 1943.


Albania Red Cross. 1920.

Brooklyn Navy Yard. Sewing American flags. 1917.

A fruit farmer's home in California. 1940.

A New Home sewing machine and operator in India. Unknown date.

Native Americans, Montanna. 1906.

Pacific Parachute Company, San Diego, California. 1942.

Sharecropper's wife with child, Missouri. 1938.

Singer/songwriter Vernon Dalhart (1883-1948) shown sewing around 1915.

Tenant farmer's wife, Oklahoma. 1940. 
Libya. 1943.

USS Brooklyn. Late 1800s.

Sewing parachute harnesses. Manchester, Connecticut. 1942.

We collect vintage images like this, and we would love to hear from you if you have any personal images related to sewing that you would be willing to share with us.

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