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The book of Scotch-made underwear

Author Greensmith Downes & Son
Title The book of Scotch-made underwear
Imprint Edinburgh: Greensmith, Downes & Son
Date of Publication 1910
Language English
Notes This trade catalogue provides us with a lot of very useful information about fashion in the early 20th century. It is attractively illustrated with colour plates and black and white drawings and photographs to accompany the price lists and descriptions of the clothes. At the back of the volume there is a pattern book incorporating over 30 pieces of fabric of the type used by Greensmith Downes & Son in their garments. The shop in George Street, Edinburgh was well known for selling quality (and expensive) clothing and was in business until at least the 1970s. As well as underwear the there are also sections in the catalogue on hunting jackets, waistcoats, elbow warmers, socks and rugs. There is also an extensive introductory section describing the manufacturing process, a discussion of the merits of woollen underwear as well as short pieces on The problem of shrinkage and Sweating: how far is the British public responsible. A couple of pages are also devoted to the Scottish Antarctic Expedition of 1902-04 during which the members of the expedition ?all wore complete outfits of ?Australlama? which speciality gave the utmost satisfaction, and was acknowledged by them to be infinitely superior to the foreign makers of underwear hitherto tried?.The Library also has a 1926 Greensmith Downes trade catalogue at shelfmark HP1.87.1881.
Shelfmark ABS.1.206.067
Acquired on 04/04/05
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