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c.1865 Lawrence, Mass. Textile Mill Weaving Pattern Manuscript Book

Lawrence, Massachusetts swiftly became one of the nation's most prominent textile manufacturing cities in the middle of the 19th-century thanks to a group of industrialist investors in the 1840s, and an incoming flood of immigrants seeking work. Textile mills in the area were infamous for poor working conditions and child labor. It became the site of the "Bread and Roses" strike of 1912, which brought together a united front of workers of over fifty different nationalities.

Lawrence, Massachusetts: 1865. A large collection of weaving patterns for machine-made twill, cloaking, coating, and cassimere textiles recorded by John B. Remick (b.1840) of the textile mill town Lawrence, Massachusetts. Includes dozens of patterns, most with labels such as "Diamond Coating" or "Harness Double Twill", arranged in the form of small grids of dots and circles to denote different colors or thread. A nice representation of the kinds of popular repeating weaving patterns used by textile mills at this time. From simple to complex and color coded patterns.
' Single vol. (6.5" by 4"), approx. 192 pages numbered in ink manuscript, with approx. half of the pages with manuscript weaving patterns. Bound in original sheep with marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, bookseller's ticket of John C. Dow Books and Stationary of Lawrence, Mass to upper pastedown. Very good. A couple leaves loose, minor dust soiling.

Price: $400.00

Item #23011902