8vo (8.3 in x 4.8 in, 21.1 cm x 12.2 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
Booklet of 6 samples of "Rajah Cloth," dyed cotton in a paisley pattern produced by the Merrimack Manufacturing Company, a leading Lowell Mill. Decorative card cover. The front cover titled "Rajah Cloth / Merrimack Mfg. Co. / Fast Colors / Double Strength" with No. "Hawker 656" stamped, followed by a line for yards to be entered, then Boston printer, Forbes Co., named at the bottom. Covers lightly worn and faintly soiled. Well-preserved sample book produced by the Lowell Mill, founded upon the advanced ideas of Francis Cabot Lowell and the advanced technology he brought from Great Britain to America. Very good. Item #1060