This picture was taken in 1911, and it shows a poor mother and daughter making lace inside their tenement apartment. The picture was taken in New York City. One wonders whether the current economic downturn will lead to such cottage industries again. Now, things imported from China are so cheap, most things could not be made is such a way (certainly a person could not make lace and sell lace). I think eBay has for many become a cottage industry. How about you all . . . do any of you have a little cottage industry going to try and supplement income, or just to have fun?