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Great Depression: Circa 1930's

‘Dorothy Thompson’ Dress - $30.95

This adorable dress was inspired by a 1938 ‘Simplicity’ pattern. It features:

  • A calico dress with a floral design. The skirt is cut in a narrow A-line to give the most historically accurate look
  • The bodice is gathered to a pointed waistline for extra detail
  • Pointed cuffs and a notched collar made of white calico and trimmed with ruffled black lace
  • A tiny black ribbon bow trims the neckline, and at the waist a black ribbon sash and bow completes the look

BONUS: This dress comes with a hairbow! A black ribbon bow is fastened to a hairclip for easy use

Dorothy Thompson was an American journalist and radio broadcaster during the 1930’s. In 1939 she was recognized by Time magazine as being the second most influential woman in America besides Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady. She is also regarded by some to be the ‘First Lady of American Journalism’.

Dorothy began her career when she traveled to Europe, and her first success came when she interviewed a prominent Irish politician before his death. Because of her success, she was appointed as the Vienna correspondent for the Philadelphia Public Ledger. She worked to become fluent in German, and the New York Post assigned her to Berlin, where she witnessed the rise of the Nazi party and interviewed Adolph Hitler. Because of her stance on Nazism, she was the first American journalist to be thrown out of Germany. In 1939 she was featured on the cover of Time magazine for her work in journalism.

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." – Dorothy Thompson

This dress was inspired by a Simplicity pattern from 1938. Simplicity began in 1927 in New York City. The goal of the company was to allow home seamstresses to make their own fashionable clothing on a budget, which was very important during the Great Depression. Simplicity patterns have been manufactured in Michigan since 1931, and since the Great Depression they have become a trusted pattern source for seamstresses around the world.

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