Textile Industry Historical Collection

The Textile Historical Collection is comprised of material related to the social, technological and economic development of the textile industry in the United States, including trade catalogs for textile machinery, dyeing catalogs from United States dyestuff companies, textile company histories, industry business records and personal papers, and textile related ephemera such as trade cards, letterheads, advertising material, and textile industry postcards. Highlights include a French counter-book of the 1800s, shirting catalogs from the late 1800s, a manufacturer's display kit of baseball uniforms from the 1930s, and long runs of specialized fashion magazines.

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Trading card designed by W. N. Buck between 1880 - 1900
"Union Sewing Machine" trading card created in 1880