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Tailoring of the Belle Epoque Vincent's systems of cutting all kinds of tailor-made garments (1903) by W.D.F. Vincent ; edited by R.L. Shep ; preface by Betty Williams

Author:
Vincent, W. D. F (William D. F.) 1860-1926  Search this
Editor:
Shep, R. L. 1933-  Search this
Writer of preface:
Williams, Betty  Search this
Physical description:
x, 259 pages illustrations 27 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
1991
1903
Topic:
Tailoring--History  Search this
Garment cutting--History  Search this
Confection--Histoire  Search this
Vêtements--Coupe--Histoire  Search this
Garment cutting  Search this
Tailoring  Search this
Call number:
TT504.V56 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424056

The cutter's manual a work designed for the advancement of cutters, in the art of cutting, and the knowledge of making custom clothing ; with practical suggestions invaluable to every cutter by C.B. Smith

Author:
Smith, C. B  Search this
Physical description:
48, [4] pages illustrations 25 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Guides, manuels, etc
Handbooks and manuals
Date:
1882
Topic:
Garment cutting  Search this
Tailoring  Search this
Vêtements--Coupe  Search this
Confection  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453164

Edwardian ladies' tailoring the twentieth century system of ladies' garment cutting (1910) by J.C. Hopkins

Author:
Hopkins, J. C  Search this
Author:
Shep, R. L. 1933-  Search this
Hopkins, J. C Twentieth century system of ladies' garment cutting  Search this
Physical description:
294 pages illustrations 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Topic:
Garment cutting  Search this
Tailoring (Women's)  Search this
Vêtements--Coupe  Search this
Confection pour femmes  Search this
Call number:
TT520.H67 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402732

Elegance a guide to quality in menswear G. Bruce Boyer ; illustrations by Tony Kokinos

Author:
Boyer, G. Bruce  Search this
Physical description:
279 pages illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
1985
Topic:
Men's clothing  Search this
Tailoring  Search this
Garment cutting  Search this
Clothing and dress--History  Search this
Vêtements d'homme  Search this
Confection  Search this
Vêtements--Coupe  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Call number:
TT617.B69 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_431773

Late Victorian women's tailoring the direct system of ladies' cutting (1897) T.H. Holding ; enlarged and edited by R.L. Shep

Author:
Holding, Thomas Hiram  Search this
Author:
Shep, R. L. 1933-  Search this
Holding, Thomas Hiram Direct system of ladies' cutting  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 178 pages illustrations 28 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Great Britain
Grande-Bretagne
Date:
1997
19th century
19e siècle
Topic:
Garment cutting--History  Search this
Tailoring (Women's)--History  Search this
Vêtements--Coupe--Histoire  Search this
Confection pour femmes--Histoire  Search this
Garment cutting  Search this
Tailoring (Women's)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_512724

The lady's economical assistant, or, The art of cutting out, and making, the most useful articles of wearing apparel, without waste ; explained by the clearest directions, and numerous engravings, of appropriate and tasteful patterns by a lady

Title:
Lady's economical assistant
Economical assistant
Author:
Lady  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 33 pages, 27 pages of plates illustrations 28 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Great Britain
Grande-Bretagne
Date:
1998
19th century
19e siècle
Topic:
Garment cutting--History  Search this
Tailoring (Women's)--History  Search this
Children's clothing--Pattern design  Search this
Children's clothing--History  Search this
Vêtements--Coupe--Histoire  Search this
Confection pour femmes--Histoire  Search this
Vêtements d'enfant--Modèles--Création  Search this
Vêtements d'enfant--Histoire  Search this
Children's clothing  Search this
Garment cutting  Search this
Tailoring (Women's)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_672082

OV 929.30 Gerber Garment Cutting Technology From GGT

Collection Creator:
Gerber, H. Joseph, 1924-1996  Search this
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company (Hartford, Conn.).  Search this
Container:
Box 156, Video OV 929.30
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Date:
undated
General:
Total Running Time: 7:53 ½" VHS
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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:
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records / Series 12: Audio Visual Materials / 12.1: Videotapes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89f8ef3f3-dc81-4b19-9b48-051319331906
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0929-ref2219

Ocean Pacific Garment Plan

Measurements:
overall: 11 in x 9 in; 27.94 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
Paper Instructions/Guidelines
garment cut sheet
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1990 - 1999
ID Number:
1997.0336.46
Accession number:
1997.0336
Catalog number:
1997.0336.46
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
El Monte
Work
Sweatshops
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-8b83-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_744753
Online Media:

Proceedings of the ... annual convention / International Custom Cutters' Association of America

Author:
International Custom Cutters' Association of America  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Tailoring  Search this
Garment cutting  Search this
Call number:
TT570 .I612
TT570.I612
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_216285

Labor Contracts of Freedmen

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
July 1865
Collection Restrictions:
Freedmen's Bureau Digital Collection, 1865–1872, is a product of and owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Copyright for digital images is retained by the donor, FamilySearch International; permission for commercial use of the digital images may be requested from FamilySearch International, Intellectual Property Office, at: cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org.
Collection Citation:
Courtesy of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration, FamilySearch International, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Identifier:
NMAAHC.FB.M826, File 8.3.2
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Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Mississippi, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1869
Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Mississippi, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1869 / Series 8: Indentures, Marriages, and Labor Contracts / 8.3: Labor Contracts of Freedmen
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io3e08373a0-919c-4330-a6fa-ab84c7cdda09
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-fb-m826-ref116
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Online Media:

Volume 2 (81)

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
June 6, 1867–Sept. 16, 1868
Collection Restrictions:
Freedmen's Bureau Digital Collection, 1865–1872, is a product of and owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Copyright for digital images is retained by the donor, FamilySearch International; permission for commerical use of the digital images may be requested from FamilySearch International, Intellectual Property Office, at: cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org.
Collection Citation:
Courtesy of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration, FamilySearch International, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Identifier:
NMAAHC.FB.M1902, Item 3.1.1.3.2
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Records of the Field Offices for the District of Columbia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1870
Records of the Field Offices for the District of Columbia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1870 / Series 3: Subordinate Field Offices / 3.1: Local Superintendent for Washington and Georgetown / 3.1.1: Correspondence / 3.1.1.3: Endorsements Sent and Received
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io3c3273fe6-8bf4-4795-98a9-1134caa80d72
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-fb-m1902-ref74
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Teachers' School Reports

Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Oct.-Dec. 1865
Collection Restrictions:
Freedmen's Bureau Digital Collection, 1865–1872, is a product of and owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Copyright for digital images is retained by the donor, FamilySearch International; permission for commercial use of the digital images may be requested from FamilySearch International, Intellectual Property Office, at: cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org.
Collection Citation:
Courtesy of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration, FamilySearch International, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Identifier:
NMAAHC.FB.M1026, File 2.6.1
See more items in:
Records of the Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1864-1869.
Records of the Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1864-1869. / Series 2: Reports and Other Records / 2.6: Teachers' School Reports
Archival Repository:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/io3e1dab8b2-fa32-497a-a74c-798ae947212c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmaahc-fb-m1026-ref19
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The Crisis, Vol. 3, No. 5

Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Subject of:
The Crisis, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Illustrated by:
John Henry Adams Jr., American, 1880 - 1944  Search this
Written by:
Jessie Redmon Fauset, American, 1882 - 1961  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 3/4 × 6 3/4 in. (24.8 × 17.1 cm)
H x W (Open): 9 3/4 × 13 1/2 in. (24.8 × 34.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
March 1912
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Housing  Search this
Literature  Search this
Lynching  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Theatre companies  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.97.14.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Movement:
Anti-Lynching Movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5aa371455-85aa-4302-9581-84d672800cb6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.97.14.3
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The Crisis, Vol. 15, No. 1

Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Subject of:
The Crisis, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
National American Woman Suffrage Association, American, 1890 - 1920  Search this
Henry Ossian Flipper, American, 1856 - 1940  Search this
Hampton University, American, founded 1868  Search this
Coralie Franklin Cook, American, born 1861  Search this
Written by:
James Weldon Johnson, American, 1871 - 1938  Search this
Anna Howard Shaw, American, 1847 - 1919  Search this
Carrie Chapman Catt, American, 1859 - 1947  Search this
Mary Garrett Hay, American, 1857 - 1928  Search this
Illustrated by:
Laura Wheeler Waring, American, 1887 - 1948  Search this
Frank Walts, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (25.1 × 17.5 cm)
H x W (Open): 9 7/8 × 13 5/8 in. (25.1 × 34.6 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
Hampton, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Ethiopia, East Africa, Africa
Date:
November 1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Military  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Race riots  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Suffrage  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
Women  Search this
Women's organizations  Search this
World War I  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.97.15.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5b5b84115-5a09-4173-b63d-d5e2e5fb6df4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.97.15.5
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The Crisis, Vol. 15, No. 5

Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Subject of:
The Crisis, American, founded 1910  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Illustrated by:
Frank Walts, American  Search this
Hilda Rue Wilkinson Brown, American, 1894 - 1981  Search this
Written by:
Waverley Turner Carmichael, American, 1881 - 1936  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (25.1 × 17.5 cm)
H x W (Open): 9 7/8 × 13 5/8 in. (25.1 × 34.6 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
East Saint Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
Date:
January 1918
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Law  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Military  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Race riots  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
World War I  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2015.97.15.6
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5885dd3a8-6bb5-47f3-9e41-02bca6fd14a1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.97.15.6
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The Crisis Vol 13. No. 3

Published by:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 1/8 in. (25.1 x 17.5 x 0.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
January 1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Politics  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bobbie Ross in memory of Elizabeth Dillard
Object number:
2012.84.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd50347ba0e-cdc9-41b7-8139-ddcd306304c5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.84.10
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The Crisis Vol. 9 No. 6

Published by:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 1/8 in. (24.8 x 17.1 x 0.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
April 1915
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Politics  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bobbie Ross in memory of Elizabeth Dillard
Object number:
2012.84.13
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd572b20d5d-e523-405b-9728-6a0920afe994
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.84.13
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The Crisis Vol. 13 No. 4

Published by:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909  Search this
Edited by:
W.E.B. Du Bois, American, 1868 - 1963  Search this
Subject of:
Richard T. Greener, American, 1844 - 1922  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 6 3/4 x 1/8 in. (24.8 x 17.1 x 0.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
February 1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Education  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Politics  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Women's organizations  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bobbie Ross in memory of Elizabeth Dillard
Object number:
2012.84.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Movement:
Women's Club Movement
Exhibition:
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd50b650817-b743-4378-bfc4-d5dc91c485f8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.84.9
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Shears and Scissors

Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (consisting of .5 box, 1 folder.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Letterheads
Business cards
Print advertising
Catalogs
Receipts
Ephemera
Business letters
Business records
Advertising cards
Advertising fliers
Advertising
Invoices
Printed ephemera
Advertising mail
Business ephemera
Advertisements
Commercial correspondence
Catalogues
Sales catalogs
Publications
Correspondence
Date:
1844-1948
Summary:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Accounting and Bookkeeping forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Scope and Contents:
Shears and Scissors contains material pertaining to merchants who either specialized in manufacturing shears and scissors, or who sold them alongside additional products. The bulk of material is company advertisements, records of purchases, and business correspondence.

No comprehensive records of any single company are represented within the records, with the exception of a historical overview of the J. Wiss and Sons Company that provides an overarching company narrative.
Arrangement:
Shears and Scissors is arranged in two subseries.

Business Records and Marketing Material Subject

Business Records and Marketing Material

Subject
Forms Part Of:
Forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.

Series 1: Business Ephemera

Series 2: Other Collection Divisions

Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers

Series 4: Photographic Reference Material
Provenance:
Shears and Scissors is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Garment cutting  Search this
Shears  Search this
Scissors and shears  Search this
Consumer goods -- Catalogs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letterheads
Business cards
Print advertising
Catalogs
Receipts
Ephemera
Business letters
Business records
Advertising cards
Advertising fliers
Advertising
Invoices
Printed ephemera
Advertising mail
Business ephemera
Advertisements
Commercial correspondence
Catalogues
Sales catalogs
Publications
Publications -- Business
Correspondence
Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Shears and Scissors, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Shears
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Shears and Scissors
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep875294eba-be39-41ad-9a6b-d8bfa54c4033
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-shears

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 Work and Industry 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
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Henry Booth Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8926e2598-5a7d-408a-8715-39a03bafffc2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0726
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