Five Silk Sample Books from the National Silk Dyeing Company, 1911 - 1915.
Paterson, New Jersey: National Silk Dyeing Company, 1911 - 1915. Five accordion-style books bound in brown cloth with snaps and gilt stamping, containing nearly 780 samples of 800; each set of samples is approx. 5 cm long and contains five different hues of tied silk string. Each book 13 x 23 cm, or approx. 23 x 75 cm opened in full. Splitting to edges of some bindings; some samples missing or bent. Very Good overall.
A rare collection of silk sample booklets from the period before and after the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, which the National Silk Dyeing Company managed to evade. Included are: Autumn 1911, Autumn 1912, Spring 1914, Autumn 1914, and Spring 1915.
OCLC locates only incomplete holdings at Yale (Spring 1915 - Spring 1918), the Fashion Institute of Technology (Spring 1911, Autumn 1916, Spring 1917 and Spring 1918), and the Brooklyn Museum (Spring 1913).