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Before Television – Chalk Hem Marker

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What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

“Before Television” has been a newsletter feature that shares the Courtenay and District Museum collection with readers while at the same time highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of people as they added beauty and personal style to items from their home and work life.

This month’s installment is an old-school style chalk hem marker. The idea was for the home sewer to mark hems without needing an assistant. Put on the item of clothing to be cropped, adjust the marker height and a few squeezes of the bulb would send puffs of chalk powder out to signify the hemline.