A is for Artificial Flower Makers

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5 thoughts on “A is for Artificial Flower Makers

  1. Sherry says:

    It’s incredible how labor intensive it was to create products back then. It’s also incredible how hard these ladies worked. It almost makes me embarrassed by what I consider to be a “long day” at work.

    • You’re quite right, its one thing that has always really shocked me when doing my research – things that these days are created by machines in minutes and cost pennies to buy, then took hours and hours of back breaking work to produce for a few pence in payment to the maker. It really makes you realise quite how desperate these women were for work.

  2. […] sisters – Charlotte, Lucy, Sarah & Caroline – were engaged in flower making. https://19thcenturyhistorian.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/a-is-for-artificial-flower-makers/ is very informative of this industry and the role of women within it, noting that most census […]

  3. Hands family researcher says:

    My family research has discovered 3 great, great aunts who made artificial flowers, sometimes described as ‘funeral flowers’ in the east end of London. These women never married and owned their own home, leaving several hundred pounds on the death of the last sister. I wonder if they made them all themselves or had out workers or were they just a good working team. We’ll never know.

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