Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring, 2009 Page: 10
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In 1946, Sanger's introduced a portable drapery shop. Two seamstresses sewed draperies in this truck while
parked in the customer's driveway.
When WW II ended, Sanger's returned to
innovations and expansion. In 1946 a portable
drapery shop was introduced, allowing two
seamstresses and their sewing equipment to go
to a customer's home and take measurements,
then make draperies while the truck was parked
in the driveway. An extension cord from the
home provided the power for the sewing
machines in the truck, which was air condi-
tioned for summer comfort.24
The store's windows reflected the post-WW
II prosperity that sent shoppers into Sanger's for
items they had done without during the war
years. Anna Claire candies, a favorite of anyone
who ever tried them, were again available. A
book store and lending library opened in 1952.25
And of course Christmas brought children
downtown to see the store windows with mov-
ing figures of Mr. and Mrs. Claus calling out
"ho-ho-ho," and little boys who wanted to see
the model trains in the toy department.26
Families often made the trip to town by car, now
that gasoline and tires were no longer being
rationed, so Sanger's built a new paved parking
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