[Dressmaker's workroom]


[Dressmaker's workroom]


Photographer unknown


A female supervisor or teacher and six young women are posing in a cramped workroom. The women are wearing dresses of various styles, however all of the dresses have either jewel or high necklines, long skirts and either three-quarter or long sleeves. Four of the women are also wearing white aprons. A pin cushion is attached to the belt of one of the women. Two of the young women are seated at sewing machines, while two others are sewing or embroidering by hand. One is embroidering an apron. Another woman is ironing on an ironing board with an electric iron, while another woman appears to be dampening garments before they are ironed. Aprons and other smaller items of clothing are hanging on a clothes line at the rear of the room. Additional items of clothing are draped over screens behind the ironing board. One of the women at the front of the image appears to be using a sewing machine to sew together pre-cut pieces of striped fabric. Electric lights hang over the sewing machine. The iron is connected to an outlet that hangs from an electric cord dangling from the ceiling. The number “76” has been written on the emulsion side of the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the picture. The number “3” is written in the upper left corner.




Location unknown


Clothing & dress
Dubuque (Iowa) -- Pictorial works
William J. Klauer Collection. City at Work Project
Glass negatives
Itinerant photographers


The supervisor-teacher facing left in the image has been identified as Frieda Roescheise, dressmaker.

This image was displayed in the “City at Work” exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, December 7, 2013 – March 24, 2014.


The Center for Dubuque History, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001


William J. Klauer Collection


Still image


KL 046-075


Digital image captured using a Microtek ScanMaker 8700 with transparent media adapter. TIFF file created from a glass plate negative scanned in 16 - bit grey scale at 1200 ppi.


Contact The Center for Dubuque History at Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 or call (563) 588-7100 © 2013 LORAS COLLEGE


This record is part of the William J. Klauer Collection held by The Center for Dubuque History, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

Original Format

1 glass negative: b & w

Physical Dimensions

6.5 x 8.5 in.




Photographer unknown, “[Dressmaker's workroom],” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed December 11, 2019, https://digitalcollections.loras.edu/items/show/30.