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.
Colouring the Nation
The Turkey Red Printed Cotton Industry in Scotland c.1840–1940
Turkey Red was a 19th-century dyeing process employed by some Scottish textiles companies until 1961. This study examines the techniques used to produce the fabrics, which did not fade, the beautiful prints produced and the international markets where the designs were sold.
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
Though 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 absorbing history charts the company's remarkable growth, its inter-war heyday, and its sudden demise at the hands of a shadowy cartel of investors.