Historic Hood River
It’s easy to forget the early 1940s were still part of the Great Depression. This image is part of a series documenting a program which helped these women make their own mattresses out of cotton and cloth. This appears to be a joint program between the Depression-era Farm Services Administration and the Oregon State College Extension Services to make 240 mattresses.
The caption says, “A completed bat. One lady in picture made a mattress 23 years ago. (rear). Miss Lutz O.S.C helps to place cover for more beating of bats together.” O.S.C would be Oregon State College.
I thought the word “beating” might be a typo, but some of the images show the class beating the mattresses with sticks.