spring book of B. Kuppenheimer & Co. : illustrating a new century of clothing-radically different from the old-and incidentally depicting the more striking changes in men's wear during the past one hundred years.

Collection History

The tradition of collecting contemporary practical works relating to the business and industry of a particular field, as well as to its design and aesthetics, began with the Astor Library, one of NYPL's founding institutions. The works grouped in this presentation were routine contemporary acquisitions of their day, welcomed into the collections not only in anticipation of their immediate utility, but also in expectation of their future historical role as source documents for future historians and designers. Among the special items featured here are manufacturers' catalogs containing real fabric swatches along with sketches showing how the new prints and weaves could be fashioned into seasonably stylish garments.

Background

The history of apparel manufacturing parallels the invention of factory sewing machines and the rise of a middle class to appreciate and acquire multiple articles of ever updated clothing. Coming from two complementary library divisions, the catalogs and histories in this digital presentation, which will grow over time, provide a window into the daily practices and design resources of one of the few manufacturing industries that still thrive in New York City. Recognizing the significance of the 9,000 volumes in SIBL's textile industries collection, the National Endowment for the Humanities recently funded a two-year project to film the entire, predominantly black-and-white, holding .

Collection Data

Names
B. Kuppenheimer & Co. (Publisher)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1900
Place Term: Chicago
Publisher: Kuppenheimer & Co.
Library locations
Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection
Shelf locator: 3-VLV+ (Kuppenheimer, B. & Co. Spring book)
Topics
Clothing & dress
Physical Description
Extent: 31 p. : 8 plates
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Barcode : 33433924469466
RLIN/OCLC : 13300348
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b13843321
UUID: 91276b20-c6c0-012f-49d8-58d385a7bc34
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