Harry Kaplan (right) showing blanket which he has made from waste scraps of cloth. Jersey Homesteads, Hightstown, New Jersey

Russell Lee, Jersey Homesteads, NJ, 1936

Interestingly, photographers did not only feature women with quilts. Here Russell Lee posed Harry Kaplan, a previously unemployed garment worker, with his quilt assembled from scraps of suiting at the garment factory in  Jersey Homestead, a cooperative established as part of New Deal to resettle urban Jewish garment workers, with a working farm and factory, essentially a government created factory town. Jersey Homestead’s primary industry was a garment factory, and here, Harry Kaplan is using scraps to make this quilt, harking back to the well-documented wool quilts made my male tailors and soldiers in the nineteenth century.