This book is about people who worked in the rag trade in the 19th century - dressmakers and milliners, tailors, a shoemaker, a framework knitter, a lace maker and a pattern maker. It deals with the trades and their products, but also with the day-to-day lives of the protagonists, both at work and at home. Working people have always made up the majority of the population and their biographies can be just as complex and interesting as those of the rich and famous. The book consists of ten single-chapter biographies of ten different nineteenth century clothing workers. They come from a variety of backgrounds, worked for different sorts of clientele and did a variety of jobs. They have been chosen because records survive to illuminate their lives, but also because they have a story to tell. They are not necessarily typical, but nor are they atypical; aspects of their lives reflect experiences shared by many others in the same lines of work - be it difficult clients, problems getting bills paid, trouble with the law or the effects of grinding poverty. Some were successful, others were not - the dividing line between the two was a narrow one and often depended on luck as much as on judgement.
Product code: AXGXC
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Dimensions: 15.9cm x 23.5cm
Publish date: 09/03/2017
Help our customers make the best choices by telling everyone what you think about this product.
There are currently no customer reviews for this product. Why not be the first?