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Winifred “Wendy” Hobson. Born 1923, Massachusetts. Hobson was born third of a family of 10 children in the Great Depression. She said she remembers her mother used to cut down mens’ coats to fit her children in the winter, but that they always ate well because her mom raised chickens and vegetables. At 25, Hobson went into the Navy WAVES, which allowed her to go to Pratt Institute in New York City and get a degree in costume design. “Going into the service was the best thing I ever did. It was fabulous. A man told me to marry him at 19—I told him to get lost. Be adventurous. There’s a whole world out there. There are lots of things you can do.”

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