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Early Trade Catalogs

Within this collection are several of the earliest trade catalogs in the Winterthur Library. Most numerous are the catalogs that were printed in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as commercial or advertising tools for the distribution of metalware and ceramics.

Other trades and geographical regions are represented as …

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Early Trade Catalogs

Collection de meubles et objets de goût

A series of hand-colored engravings depicting furniture, carriages, draperies, decorative objects, jewelry, etc., issued in connection with the Journal des Dames et des Modes, edited by Pierre de la Mésangère, and published in Paris. Nos. 1-7 dated an 10, i. e. 1801 or 1802; The Bibliothèque Nationale supplies dates 1807-1831 for the …

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Collection de meubles et objets de goût

Recipe Books

Recipe books, also known as receipt books, not only provide clues on popular dishes, ingredients, and food preparation, but also information on medicinal remedies, household hints, pest management, personal hygiene, animal care, and dyes and finishes.  These volumes also give us glimpses into women’s lives outside the kitchen. 

 

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Recipe Books

Textile Patterns and Designs

Textile patterns and designs provide much information on furnishing and dress fabrics.  Included within this collection are swatch books from the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, the Ann Flower sketchbook, and pattern books for knitting, embroidery, and weaving from the Rare Book Collection.

 

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Textile Patterns and Designs

Business Records

Account books and letters of craftsmen and merchants comprise this collection of business records. 

 

Account books of craftsmen and merchants are invaluable records of business transactions, buying practices, social and business networks, and even design styles of decorative arts.  Businessmen typically kept two types of account …

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Business Records

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