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Highlights : Work : Women: Domestic production

Subcategory Women: Domestic production contains 13 item(s).

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front "Betty at the Churn"
c. 1904
Frances and Mary Allen highlighted the important role New England farm women traditionally played in the dairying process when they posed this young woman churning butter.
front Butter Churn

This large wooden churn was used to process cream into butter, thus preserving a perishable dairy product that would otherwise rapidly spoil without refrigeration.
front Cheese press

This cheese press "pressed" the remaining whey from fresh curds to make cheese.
front Niddy-Noddy
c. 1800
Women used niddy-noddys to measure homespun yarn for length and to keep it from tangling.
front Milk Pan
c. 1800
Fresh milk was placed in large, shallow earthenware pans in New England homes throughout the 18th and 19th centuries to allow for the cream to rise.
front Hand Cards
These brushes, or "cards," were used to untangle and align wool fibers prior to spinning.
front Flax break
pre 1802
In the process of making linen thread, the outer skin on the stem of the flax plant must be broken up using a flax break to gain access to the fibers within.
front Egg crate
This wooden box contains four trays fitted with wires to hold eggs for shipment.
front Tape loom
c. 1800
At the time this tape loom was made many people purchased fabric and sewing notions but some women and girls continued to use tape looms to weave narrow fabric bands, or "tape."
front Bonnet
In the early 19th century women wore bonnets such as this one to shade their faces from the sun.


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