In this edition of Midweek magazines, we are heading to January 15th 1940.
♥♥ WPA starts measuring 100.000 women
to get standard dress sizes ♥♥
Measuring procedure - starts with taking weight and height of subject.
Almost life size charts guide the workers.
Woman in the footground is a reporter. Woman in foregroud is a recorder.
Cotton brassiere and pants are part of WPA equipement, are loundeder after every wearing.
Paper scuff are discarted. Subject stands on leveling platfom.
Antrophometer registers model's hight as 164,2 cm.
At the L. Bamberger & Co. store in Newmark N.J, stylish stouts junior misses, half-size women, extra talls, and all the other types of women born equal but definitively not equaly developed, are now being measured as part of new WPA project for standardizing sizes of women's ready-to-wear garments.
Under the present hit-or-miss system of cutting women's garments, a slim woman of 40 wears size 12 clothes, while her plump overdeveloped 14-year-old daughter can't get into anything smaller than an 18. These are arbitrary numbers with no logical relationship with measurement. Manufacturers, faced with an estimated $10.000.000 annual headache due to misfits and alternations, appealed to the Federal Goverment for help. Result is WPA survey being conducted under the sponsorship of the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Home Economics.
WPA hopes that at least 100.000 volunteers will let themselves be measured. Detailed measuring instructions are contained in a 50-page manual, include 59 different measurements, all to be taken in centimetres. Woman being measured on these pages is a model.
Body landmarks - made with skin pencils are points of reference for measures.
Marks shown here include neck base, sagittal plane, armsey, greates extension of bust,
trunk line, average waist level.
Grith of sitting spread - important in cutting women's skirt is taken with subject sitting erected
on table too high for feet to reach the floor.
Knees touch the edge of the table.
In case you have a metric - imperial dilema (like myself ALL the time), here's a little help
So, when was the last time you had your measures taken?
♥♥ Pinky Honey