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Tape Measure - Cloth, Dress Making, circa 1937 Reg. No: HT 7515
- Kath Davis's first tape measure and used constantly while making items for her glory box.
Kath Davis began collecting items for her glory box when she started work at 17, living with her parents in Traralgon, and had competed her collection by around 1940.
- Cloth tape measure with metal ends, imperial measurements
- Statement Of Significance:
- Glory boxes represented a significant rite of passage for many women growing up before, during and after World War Two. They provide a material symbol through which can be explored themes of artistry, sexuality, economy and cultural maintenance. Of particular interest is how glory boxes can be used to track the growing consumer culture after World War Two and how there was a shift from the hand made to the mass produced. The traditions cross time and cultures.
Kath Davis's box is significant for the strength of its documented story, and for its completeness in terms of survival of both the box and its collection.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Kath Davis, 2005
|Dimensions:||1.30 cm (Height), 1.80 cm (Width), 8.10 cm (Length)|
|Dimension Comment:||Measurements of tape rolled up. Tape is 60 inches (152.4 centimeters) unrolled.|
|Tagged with:||glory boxes, sewing, tools|
|Themes this item is part of:||Kath Davis' Glory Box 1930s-1940s, Domestic & Community Life Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||ART & CRAFT|
|Tertiary Classification:||measuring equipment|
|Inscriptions:||Incremental imperial measurements from 1 to 60 inches
Near metal end: DEAN
|User:||Ms Kath Davis, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1938|
|References:||Oral history interview, 2003 (disc and abbreviated transcript); references in 'The Glory Box: Origins, Symbols and Experiences', 1996 (masters thesis) and in 'The Glory Box: Marriage, Migration and Material Culture in Australia, 1930-1960' (phd thesis in progress) - all produced by Moya McFadzean|