The Rag Trade
The People Who Made Our Clothes
Through the biographies of eleven individual clothing workers across the UK, this book presents a revealing picture of 19th-century working life. Its subjects were tailors, dressmakers, milliners and shoemakers, and for many of them, difficult clients, financial problems and trouble with the law made for a precarious existence in which success or failure depended on luck as much as judgement.
Reinventing the Wheel
Milk, Microbes and the Fight for Real Cheese
This insight into contemporary artisan cheese-making explains what has been lost through homogenized factory production and how small local producers are rediscovering the methods of their forbears. The importance of microbes for flavour and health benefit is investigated as well as the influence of cattle breeds and farming methods on the production of cheese.
Made in Shanghai
ECNU Humanity Design Series
This introduction to consumer goods, packaging and posters created in China follows the country’s design industry over the last century. An opening essay explores the role of product development in driving manufacturing and the economy, before a closer look at over 80 items including clocks, glassware and kitchen appliances reveals the changing needs of the population, as well as tastes and trends.
The Carpets of Afghanistan
Traditionally nomadic, the sheep-herding peoples of Afghanistan have an ancient tradition of making carpets, the design patterns of which typically follow tribal and even family traditions. This introduction to the Afghan carpet industry describes how they are made and sold, identifies the regional differences in style and manufacture and explains the origins and meanings of various decorative motifs by reference to over 150 representative examples.
The Golden Thread
How Fabric Changed History
From the fibres our ancient ancestors wove from plants to the invention of the synthetic material that enabled humans to venture into space, fabric has played many roles throughout history, far beyond offering warmth and protection, demarcating status and providing an outlet for self-expression. This collection of essays considers topics such as the linen used by the ancient Egyptians to wrap their dead, the craft that inspired Vermeer to paint The Lacemaker and recent innovations in sports textiles.
The Mister Softee Story
Famous Fleets: Volume Five
Steve Tillyer presents the history of Mister Softee mobile ice cream, from its origins in Philadelphia, USA, to the introduction of the vans to the UK by Smiths of Gateshead motor vehicle body manufacturers and the subsequent involvement of Lyons Maid and Nestlé.
Wool and War in Wiltshire
Situated in the lush Wylie Valley, Codford is the site of a very ancient settlement; it has a prehistoric monument (an early Iron Age hillstop enclosure); it stood on an important royal route in medieval times; and in the 20th century, the wartime army camps on Salisbury Plain had a great impact on the parish. This illustrated local history, part of the England’s Past for Everyone series, tells Codford’s story from its origins to the present day.
The Rise and Fall of a British Grocery Giant
Although few now remember its name, Sanders Bros was a retail giant once as familiar as Tesco is today. Established in 1887, the flour, biscuit and grocery chain had 154 shops in London and its suburbs, and a market value higher than Marks & Spencer by the 1920s. This history charts the company's remarkable growth, its inter-war heyday, and its sudden demise in the 1950s at the hands of a shadowy cartel of investors.