Silk Series: A Vintage Silk Manual Online


In the course of my research, I came across this lovely guide to silk through the Google Book Search. Silk by Eliza B. Thompson, copyright 1918 and 1922 by the Ronald Press Company, is a manual primarily intended for department store salespeople. This is back when they sold fabric in department stores — anyone remember that? It is a nice guide to silk history, silk terminology, and textile merchandising that is still mostly relevant today. The full text of the book is viewable for free online, or you can download a .pdf.

Related: the author also wrote cotton and linen, reprinted by Frazer Press. A limited preview is also available through Google Book Search.


  1. golden star says:

    This book is so very cool. The preface is interesting noting that the book can be used for children to retail to sewists. Really innovative in their vision of targeted audience.

  2. Vireya says:

    I remember fabric in department stores. It wasn’t that long ago in my city; the two big stores still sold fabric 20 years ago. OK, to some that might be a life-time ago, but for me it is recent history!