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Bob Lind, Published December 30 2012

Lind: Memories of pinafores past

The year 2012 is about to pass into history, carrying with it many memories.

Because this column often deals with items from the past, it seems appropriate to use this final Neighbors column of the year to list another memory.

It comes from Doris (Svaren) Johnson, Grafton, N.D., and formerly of Niagara, N.D. She writes about clothing she wore as a girl, because she’d seen an item here about girls wearing pinafores years ago.

“That column struck a chord with me,” Doris writes, “as Mom used to make them and dress me in them when I was a preschooler. They were both cool and comfortable in the hot summer weather.

“She had done sewing from the time she hired out as a young woman, (so) she was adept at making her own patterns when needed.

“I should have kept track of all the clothing of Gene and Evelyn (Doris’ older sisters) that she transformed into apparel for me, including winter coats.”

Yes, hand-me-downs are a part of life for younger siblings. Always have been, probably always will be.


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