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  • The Teal Wizard: Regina O’Connor’s Sewing Machine

    January 10, 2020 by

    As a household fixture, sewing machines feel ancient, a thing of the past. However, the first sewing machines didn’t appear until the nineteenth century, with the iconic Singer sewing machine receiving its patent in 1851.[1] From that incarnation, the machine exploded in popularity. As most women were hand-making clothing and furnishings for their homes, mechanizing… Read more

  • Christmas Through the Years

    December 20, 2019 by

    Flannery wrote about Christmases in the O’Connor home in letters to friends. No year is similar to the next, Christmases involved things from Lupus to book clubs, meatballs to swans, friends, and hennies. Through her correspondence, one can find out what Christmas Day and the days leading up to it looked like to her personally.… Read more

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