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The Working White House: Preparing Napkins

The Working White House: Preparing Napkins

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Lillian Rogers Parks photo album, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Working White House: Preparing Napkins

Workers prepare tea napkins in the White House sewing room, c. 1945. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosted two tea parties almost every afternoon. “And you had all those tea napkins, two and three hundred at a time,” which needed to be carefully counted and folded, Lillian Rogers Parks recalled.

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