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suit, 3-piece

Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Maker:
Davidow  Search this
Davidow  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Purchased at:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Measurements:
jacket center back: 23 in; 58.42 cm
blouse center back: 22 1/4 in; 56.515 cm
skirt center back: 27 1/4 in; 69.215 cm
Object Name:
Suit, 3-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Suit
Entire Body
Purchased in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1962-1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.015
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766836

suit, 5-piece

Maker:
Davidow  Search this
Davidow  Search this
Purchased at:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Fabric maker:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Measurements:
jacket center back: 22 in; 55.88 cm
blouse center back: 19 1/2 in; 49.53 cm
skirt 1 center back: 26 1/4 in; 66.675 cm
skirt 2 center back: 26 in; 66.04 cm
belt overall: 1 in x 33 7/8 in; 2.54 cm x 86.0425 cm
Object Name:
Suit, 5-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Suit
Entire Body
Purchased in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1962-1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.016
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766837

hat

Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Made for:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Purchased at:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Maker:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 3 3/4 in x 9 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 24.13 cm
Object Name:
Hat
Object Type:
Accessories Worn on the Body
Woman
Hats
Headwear
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Purchased in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1962-1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.017
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766838

pantsuit, 4-piece

Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Maker:
Massa  Search this
Massa  Search this
Purchased at:
Tweeds on the Farm  Search this
Measurements:
sweater 1 center back: 19 in; 48.26 cm
sweater 2 center back: 21 in; 53.34 cm
trouser inseam: 27 3/4 in; 70.485 cm
Object Name:
Pant Suit, 4-piece
pantsuit, 4-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Pantsuit
Entire Body
Used in:
United States: New York, Brooklyn
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1964-1973
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.027
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766848

jacket

Maker:
Style Crest  Search this
Style Crest  Search this
Used by:
Booth, Robert  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Measurements:
center back: 32 in; 81.28 cm
Object Name:
Jacket
Object Type:
Coat, Dinner
Upper Body
Main Dress
Man
Used in:
United States: Connecticut
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.028
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766933

hanger

Trade name:
Wishbone  Search this
Used by:
Booth, Robert  Search this
Maker:
Batts  Search this
Wishbone  Search this
Used for products made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 9 3/4 in x 16 3/4 in; 24.765 cm x 42.545 cm
Object Name:
Hanger
Object Type:
Accessories for the Care of Clothing
Made in:
United States: Michigan, Grand Rapids
Date made:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.029
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766934

garment bag

Used for products made with:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Made by:
Apparel Protectors  Search this
Maker:
Apparel Protectors  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 40 in x 23 3/4 in; 101.6 cm x 60.325 cm
Object Name:
Garment Bag
Object Type:
Accessories for the Care of Clothing
Made in:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.030
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766935

container

Maker:
Lowe Donald & Co., Inc.  Search this
Lowe Donald & Co., Inc.  Search this
Used in shop:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 15 3/4 in x 12 in; 24.13 cm x 40.005 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Container
Object Type:
Accessories for the Selling of Clothing
Date made:
1956-1972
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.038
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766943

Henry Booth Collection

Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Names:
Amalgamated Textiles Limited.  Search this
Eastman Kodak Co.  Search this
Hillandale Farms  Search this
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
PhotoMetric Corporation  Search this
Richard Bennett Associates, Inc.  Search this
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Extent:
2.5 Cubic feet (7 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Glass plate negatives
Pamphlets
Photographs
Date:
1942 - 1974
Summary:
Papers document Henry Booth's invention, use, and marketing of the PhotoMetriC custom tailoring system.
Scope and Contents:
The Henry Booth Collection, 1942-1974, focuses primarily on the PhotoMetriC custom tailoring system. It consists of advertisements, brochures, photographs, glass slides, a 16mm film, correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, an operating manual, scrapbooks, magazines, and a guest register.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into five series.

Series 1: PhotoMetriC Apparatus Materials, 1948-1965

Series 2: PhotoMetriC Advertising and Press Materials, 1942, 1948

Series 3: PhotoMetriC Retail Materials, 1958-1974

Series 4: PhotoMetriC General Business Materials, 1947-1974

Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers, 1960-1962
Biographical / Historical:
Henry Booth was a textile jobber who invented the PhotoMetriC custom tailoring system in the 1940s, an innovation which temporarily revolutionized a small corner of the custom clothing industry.

Henry Booth (1895-1969), son of a Methodist minister, was born in Canada and raised in England where his grandfather, General William Booth, founded the Salvation Army. In 1911, Henry Booth came to the United States from England on the Lusitania. He worked in the textile industry for a few years; specifically as a manager for John B. Ellison jobbing offices in Portland and Seattle. In 1922 he formed his own firm with Harry Kemp and Robert Walker. By 1929, Booth moved east to New York City in order to pursue his career in the textile industry. He formed Amalgamated Textiles Limited with John and Blake Lawrence. In 1938, Booth met Curt Erwin Forstmann and entered into an agreement whereby Amalgamated Textiles Limited became fabric stylists and sole agents for the Forstmann Woolen Companies.

In the early 1940s, Booth came up with the idea for the PhotoMetriC camera system to be used in the custom tailoring industry. The system consisted of a specially-designed arrangement of nine mirrors. Eight mirrors reflected separate views of the customer and one mirror reflected the customer's name and other information. These angled mirrors allowed a photograph to be taken which showed the customer from the front, back, side, and top. A slide of this photographic measurement would be sent, along with the customer's garment order, to the manufacturer. When the order arrived, the tailor would project the customer's image on a special screen which facilitated the taking of certain physical measurements. With the aid of the PhotoMetriC calculator, the tailor translated the measurements into specifications for a customer-specific garment. When finished, the garment would be mailed directly to the customer's home. According to testimonials in the collection, the garments fit perfectly the first time, every time. The PhotoMetriC system both saved the tailor money and relieved the customer of the inconvenience of having to return to the tailor again and again for time-consuming fittings, alterations, and adjustments.

The camera which supported this invention needed to be virtually foolproof, enabling the average shop clerk to reliably collect the necessary data. To this end, Booth took his idea to the Eastman Kodak Company, where he worked with Dr. Kenneth Mees, Director of Research and Fred Waller, a camera expert. Waller designed the camera; the remainder of the system design was done by Booth. The PhotoMetriC system made its debut in two Richard Bennett stores in New York City on May 17, 1948. It was subsequently licensed to other select retailers such as: The Custom Gentleman (Englewood, NJ); Nathan's (Richmond, VA); The Golden Fleece (Point Pleasant Borough, NJ); and Joseph's (Terre Haute, IN).

Hillandale, a Brooklyn, CT farm which Booth purchased about 1940, was later used to produce hand woven wool fabrics. These fabrics were used extensively by various PhotoMetriC retail outlets. Henry Booth's son, Robert (b. 1924), took over farm operations circa 1960 and opened a retail outlet on the premises which featured a PhotoMetriC fitting room which provided custom tailoring until the mid-1970s. Robert Booth, with his wife, Jimmie, operated the Golden Lamb Buttery Restaurant in Brooklyn, Connecticut. It closed in 2017.

Patents of Henry Booth:

United States Patent: #2,037,192/RE #20,366, "Visible inventory and sales recording device, April 14, 1936

United States Patent: #2,547,367, "Method and apparatus for testing fabrics, April 3, 1951

United States Patent: #2,547,368, "Cloth rack," April 3, 1951

United States Patent: #2,563,451, "Photographic fitting method," August 7, 1951

United States Patent: #2,624,943, "Proportionally balancing garments," January 13, 1953

United States Patent: #2,664,784,"Apparatus for measuring objects by photography," January 5, 1954

United States Patent: #2,688,188, "Apparatus for proportionally balancing garments," September 7, 1954
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, 1936-1998 (AC0729). Jimmie Booth is the wife of Robert Booth and she was a buyer for Lord and Taylor.

Materials in the National Museum of American History

The Division of Information Technology, and Society, now the Division of Culture and the Arts, holds a PhotoMetric camera, stand, and measuring harness in the Photographic History collection.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Henry Booth's son, Robert Booth, in April 2000.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Tailoring  Search this
Fashion  Search this
advertising -- 20th century  Search this
Garment cutting  Search this
Inventions -- 1920-2000 -- United States  Search this
Inventors -- 1940-1990  Search this
PhotoMetric (camera system)  Search this
Photography -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Glass plate negatives
Pamphlets -- 1950-2000
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1940-2000
Photographs -- Glass -- Silver gelatin -- 20th century
Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0726
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0726
Additional Online Media:

Connecticut Life

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 May
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref69

Hillandale guest register

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 September 26-1962 September 8
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref70

Telegrams to Robert Booth

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 October 12
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref71

American Fabrics

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Spring/Summer 1962
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref72

Poster version of American Fabrics article

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Spring/Summer 1962
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref73

Christian Science Monitor page

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964 December 22
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref74

Copies of Christian Science Monitor article

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964 December 22
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref75

Photos of Hillandale/PhotoMetriC dinner

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1964 December
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref76

Hillandale cloth brand labels and paper tag

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref77

Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection

Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Names:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Davies, Donald  Search this
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Potter, Clare  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (6 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Correspondence
Design drawings
Date:
1936 - 1998
Summary:
Papers relating to Virginia "Jimmie" Booth's career as a buyer for Lord and Taylor, where she worked for Dorothy Shaver. Papers include correspondence; photographs; original drawings by designer Clare Potter; printed material including articles, magazine advertising and catalogs; a scrapbook of clippings and memorabilia.
Scope and Contents:
The Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, 1936-1998, focuses primarily on Booth's career as a buyer for Lord & Taylor. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, drawings, clippings, and a scrapbook, and is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, Photos, and Memoribilia, 1936-1998, includes materials dating from Booth's college days and recent years.

Series 2: Hillandale Business, 1948, 1949, 1972, n.d., consists of advertisements, articles, and correspondence. Hillandale Handweavers was the company founded by Booth's father-in-law, Henry Booth.

Series 3: Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1952-1960s, contains photographs of the store, advertising, news articles, original illustrations and catalogues.

Series 4: Irish Materials, 1950s-1960s, is made up of articles and photographs of the weavers at work.

Series 5: European Designers, 1955, 1967, 1997, n.d., includes articles and photographs related to Donald Davies and Von Eckerman.

Series 6: American Designers, 1948, 1951-1957, n.d. The bulk of this series consists of a large number of original sketches by Clare Potter, including fabric swatches. There is also a large scrapbook of Potter's featuring articles and advertisements.

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1962, consists of an issue of the trade publication, The Ambassador.
Arrangement:
Collection is organized into seven series:

Series 1: Personal Papers, Photos, and Memorabilia, 1936-1998

Series 2: Hillandale Business, 1948, 1949, 1972, n.d.

Series 3: Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1952-1960s

Series 4: Irish Materials, 1950s-1960s

Series 5: European Designers, 1955, 1967, 1997, n.d.

Series 6: American Designers, 1948, 1951-1957, n.d.

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1962
Biographical / Historical:
Virginia Wagoner Booth, known as Jimmie Booth, studied printing and engineering at Syracuse University. An engineer with Pratt & Whitney during World War II, she entered the fashion world as a bridal consultant at G. Fox in Hartford in 1945.

In 1952 Dorothy Shaver, of Lord & Taylor, hired Booth for the Hartford store and asked her to develop and manage The Country Clothes Shop in the 5th Avenue store in New York. There, Booth collaborated with and promoted such American designers as Clare Potter, Bonnie Cashin, and Claire McCardell. Booth also worked extensively with European designers.

Married to Bob Booth of Hillandale Weavers, Jimmie promoted the use of both American and European hand-loomed fabrics by her designers. She frequently modeled the fashions herself. Her casual, yet elegant, style is the epitome of "the American Look" still popular today.

In 1998, Jimmie Booth, Dorothy Shaver, and other creators of The American Look were saluted in the exhibition, "Designing Women: American Style 1940-1960" at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

In addition to her design work, Booth was a violinist with the Hartford Symphony in the 1940s, and later became the chef at the Brooklyn, Connecticut, Golden Lamb Buttery, which she and her husband, Bob, owned and operated.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Henry Booth Collection, 1948-1974, AC0726

Dorothy Shaver Papers, circa 1922-1959, AC0631
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Virginia "Jimmie" Booth, in May 2000.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Costume design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Photographs -- 1940-1970
Correspondence -- 20th century
Design drawings
Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0729
See more items in:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0729

Hillandale Handweavers

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 - 1962
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0726, Series 5
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref19

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