Oblong 24mo (5.5 in x 8.8 in, 14 cm x 22.2 cm).
A decade after its establishment in 1816, Lowell Mill had 10 large textile mills and 12 thousand workers, mostly "mill girls." Young women were attracted to cash wages, boardinghouses with keepers, free schools for children, nightly lectures by luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Quincy Adams, and other public programs. Lowell, MA was the first town in the US to found a coeducational high school. By the 1890s, young women had better educational and job opportunities. -- Flanagan, Lowell Mill Girls
World-renowned English author and illustrator of the late 1800s, Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) illustrated children in her own style of the late 1700s which brought smock-frocks, high-waisted pinafores, mobcaps, straw bonnets, and a whole industry of products into fashion in the late 1880s and 1890s.
OCEL 439. Booklet of 6 samples of "Greenaway Suitings," dyed cotton produced by the Merrimack Manufacturing Company, a leading Lowell textile mill. Decorative card cover. The first page titled "Greenaway Suitings" with lines for style and yards to be entered and Boston printer, Forbes Co., named at the bottom. Covers lightly worn and faintly soiled. Well-preserved sample book in a style created by Greenaway, a cultural icon who influenced fashion, design, and the meaning of childhood. Very good. Item #1059