LINGERIE PRISON, INMATES MAKE LICENSE PLATES
The coolest thing in the craft world right now is making your own signs. No need to go to the store and buy a sign. Just get some paint, a piece of wood and a glass of wine and ta-da! You can have your own sign and wine party. It’s not like painting your own license plates. However, it is a similar skill. The history of the license plate leading to painting your own signs is similar and fun. Inmates craft many other things we are not familiar with them making. No need to go to art school anymore. There’s lingerie prison arts!
FIRST LICENSE PLATES ISSUED IN 1903
The first ever issued license plate featured the number one and was issued to Frederick Tudor back in 1903. Apparently, one of his relatives still holds an active registration on that particular license plate. It was made of iron and covered in porcelain enamel. The size of the plates also differed once the numbers grew into the thousands. Massachusetts was the first state to issue license plates, with the other states to follow. Every state had a sign and wine party after that. So, prisoners make millions of licenses plates a year.
INMATES CRAFT BOOKS FOR THE BLIND TOO
Prisoners also craft books for the blind. There are thirty-six prison Braille-writing programs, with Missouri alone employing 102 inmates to create K-12 textbooks for blind students.
LINGERIE PRISON, INMATES STITCHING SPECIALISTS
But apparently back in the 1990s, Victoria Secret and other companies hired subcontractors who hired inmates from Carolina to stitch lingerie. This is now a lost craft. And far from the license plates days civilians are familiar with.
PARK BENCH AND PICNIC TABLE CRAFT
Inmates also craft park benches and picnic tables. Over four thousand inmates produce over three thousand products and services through the PRIDE (Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises) program. Other things that prisoners craft aside from license plates are military jackets and battle garb, human silhouette targets, old IKEA products, baseball caps, canoes, artsy Knick Knacks, blue jeans, and help to train horses.