This week's Sepia Saturday prompt features work clothing advertised on a building. As I was studying the image I noticed the Reid & Co. name on the building next door, did a little research and found a fascinating story - but it was too long and complicated for this purpose.
One of the first images that came to mind for me looking at this advertising was Rosie the Riveter, the iconic working woman from WWII. Although she didn't wear overalls, her outfit clearly meant business! Rosie symbolized the women who sustained our nation and her troops during WWII by stepping into the places of the men who went to war and who ultimately paved the way for the
feminist revolution of the 60's.
During my career in the food business I did no riveting but spent most of my time in food labs developing new products. My "uniform" was the traditional lab coat. I never minded wearing one as it eliminated the need for fashion on the job and served its purpose - to keep the clothing underneath clean. Some of my co-workers hated them for various reasons, one of which was safety. "Killer" lab coats, they'd claim could drag you into a piece of machinery or exacerbate burns because the thick cloth might absorb hazardous materials such as acids and be more of a hazard than protection.
Here I am slinging hot dogs in my button coat at a local school fund raiser. Now retired, I don't mind dwelling from time to time on the bottom rung of the foodservice ladder. It's actually noble work and the kids were fun.
The traditional chef's garb includes a toque (never wore one myself), white double-breasted jacket and checkered pants. The double-breasted jacket is useful because it can be reversed to hide stains; the thick cotton cloth protects against heat and splatters; the cloth buttons were used instead of metal because they could stand up to frequent washing. The checkered pants are a no-brainer - can't see the stains.
As for the advertising on billboard walls, here are a few of my current favorites gleaned from an email forward - one of those persistent things that keeps coming around and around. At last, just before I pressed "delete", I found a use for one of them. The best of the best of the ads need few words if any at all.