Friday, January 23, 2009

Sewing Machines

Published by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL), the Sewing Machines website provides a guide to the libraries' trade literature collections, relating to sewing machines from the 1840s onwards. The collections include sewing machine catalogues, and ephemera relating to sewing machine companies, (for example, trade cards, fliers, manuals, parts lists etc.).
There are also digital versions of two books available: Grace Rogers Cooper's 'The Sewing Machine: Its Invention and Development' (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1976. 2d ed., rev. and expanded) and Frederick Lewis Lewton's 'The Servant in the House: A Brief History of the Sewing Machine' (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1930).
The 'explore the collection' section allows you to search by machine model, title, and company, and browse by standard company name, or company name on item.

Access: Free