My submission for Sepia Saturday this week:
Maybe no aprons, but here are people who worked hard together...
The engineering departments handled HVAC (Heating & plumbing, etc) Electrical, Topographical and Structural, I was asked to do lots of the "irregular" things that would come up.
I became the interior finishes expert when a bank and a post office asked for one. That got me business cards, a title "Architectural Interior Designer," but not a raise. If only I'd been more assertive.
I'd recently divorced, and was learning my way in the world...mainly by apprenticing myself into learning how to draft. I had had a lot of art training, and it wasn't really hard.
I also was asked to do landscape design for a school. That was fun, because I had no training in plants. But I got a book on Florida plants, and drew right on the site plan with little designs for each kind of plant, and a key over on the side defining each design.
I'm sorry now that I put so many yucca plants on the high school site. Poor kids. But actually I now know that lot of times the local landscape guy that gets the job from the lowest bid, will just put in whatever he has, instead of what's drawn on the plan. Nobody will notice because there is at least something planted in each place that had a symbol on the plan.
I also designed a sign for the school...out of concrete. I wonder if it was ever built, and if the kids figured out a way to destroy it (which high school kids are often challenged to do by their peers.)
Then I got to do landscape design for a couple of post offices too. And I began to notice the huge berms and entrance-ways which were designed by real landscape designers. Oh my, I was so embarrassed. No wonder I quit and took my kids in a camper across the US for a whole summer. But that's another story.
So we didn't wear aprons, but we did work with real paper and pencils. And we had a big brush to sweep aside the eraser leavings from the papers.
Now it's all done on computers. I dare say nobody sits at a drafting table on a stool in a short skirt any more. Silly people!