Tuesday, September 18, 2012


"wilma and melvin's clothes go to the fair" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Leafing through the archived news pages for 1942 not only did I find a nice little story about the Joplin 4-H club to support the blue dress, but I also found some other interesting tidbits of information. Did you know that a burger in a basket with lots of shoestring potatoes cost 15¢ back then? And look at the wonderful ad for a pair of slacks just like Melvin's (sold by Goodyear).
Wilma Jean Paul, a member of the Stella club who won top honors in a dress revue at the district 4-H club round-up in Mount Vernon August 13, with a handsome blue plaid dress, is going to wear the garment to the state fair this week to compete with 12 other district winners in a dress competition. Newton county also is sending to the fair clothing exhibits from the Fairview, Stella, Hickory Grove, Ritchey and Saginaw clubs: a food preparation exhibit from the Ritchey club, and a canned food exhibit from the Hickory Grove club.
source: Joplin Globe, August 23, 1942, page 20
View complete set on flickr.


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