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New Fabric Won’t Shrink In Dryer

by Clifton Adams for Nat Geo 2/33

Today’s image comes from Hoquiam High School’s domestic science department, where the seated teacher is tending to a wooden skirt made of Sitka spruce veneer, at a comfortable 1/80 inch thickness. Washington state was swimming in lumber during the Great Depression, leading to its use in costumes as well as (yes!) bathing suits. Can you imagine the marks that would leave on your upper thigh, or how it would clickety clack when you walk?

Sitka spruce.

13 thoughts on “New Fabric Won’t Shrink In Dryer”

  1. That is crazy. That is like walking around in shingles. Maybe wood mall would be less uncomfortable . Tiny rings of wood would have to be comfy compared to clanking pieces of roofing.

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