Cotton: from Field to Fabric.Memphis, TN: National Cotton Council; Cotton Producers Institute, 1964 Stock Code: 102557
A fascinating promotional kit produced by the National Cotton Council of America, complete with its reference guide and a duplicate copy of the latter with a different cover. The box contains samples of cotton boll, picker lap, carding, bale, roving, even a miniature bale, illustrating the key stages of transformation from raw to finished product. The package contains samples of different types of traditional cotton fabrics (jean, hopsacking, organdy, etc.) but also newly developed coated fabrics associating cotton and synthetic materials, such as faux leather. This kit, with its bright 1960s design reminiscent of a board game, is an interesting exercise in communication, showing a traditional industry making a conscious effort to present itself as embracing modernity.
Pictorial card box (305 x 205 x 40 mm) divided in compartments containing six captioned fibre samples, 29 fabric swatches mounted on card and 35 mm film entitled "David's Cotton Farm". Together with two copies of the reference guide (280 x 215 mm), 28 pp. wire-stitched into glossy pictorial wrappers.
Reference guide illustrated in black and white.
The box would have contained a seed packet, which is lacking here. Box lightly rubbed and dampstained and with tape repairs to two corners, reference guides with two tiny punctures to top edge of last leaves and rear wrappers. In very good condition.
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