During the 1930s, the woman who made these dresses was a seamstress who worked from her house and her husband was a traveling salesman. After the war, the area of Germany she lived in became East Germany and, under communism, she was not allowed to continue working from home. She packed away all of her remaining inventory in the attic and her and her husband went to work in a factory. Some of the dresses were still folded up from when they were originally put away. They are new old stock and may never have even been worn!