A childhood friend scratched around and sent me some pictures of the factory!
This was taken in 1963
Her aunt(who I remembered) also worked there!
The two ladies in the front left (one sitting and one standing) are the two aunts!!!
My friend's Aunt Josephine(seated) and MY Aunt Dorothy(standing) !!!!
It was 1966-and I was 8 years old!!!!
This picture was taken in 1969 -in the factory
I just wish I knew who these women were.
And finally this shot in 1972 -and there's my Aunt Dorothy again!! Or should I say STILL????
She may look harsh and stern,but she was a happy, light-hearted, hard working woman.
When I was small I always looked forward to a visit with Aunt Dorothy.
She walked with a limp and had a "special shoe" that captured my attention as a child.
As an adult I learned that she had survived polio as a child,was widowed fairly young and yet maintained a positive happy demeanor as she raised a son alone in a world with not many single mothers-and worked well past retirement age at Marilyn's.
Oh the questions I would ask if these old aunts were still here-so many questions!
Every evidence of the factory is long gone but the legacy of hard work and craftsmanship in domestic products made it's mark on our nation,our towns and our families.
I likely didn't learn much sewing skill from these women but the character and work ethic they upheld teaches me ,still, though they are long gone like the old red brick building that housed
Marilyn's Belts and Bags
in Ferris ,Texas.