Category Archives: mills

Abundantly Happy When They Can Afford An Athlone Hat

Do you remember this post I wrote about Swift’s 1720 pamphlet called the Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture? Well, here is another quote from it: I think it needless to exhort the clergy to follow this good … Continue reading

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Something Very Different From The New York Shoddy

-> New information added at bottom of post! <- It was this very interesting blog post (“Clothing the Confederacy: Taits of Limerick”) from the fantastic site Irish in the American Civil War that alerted me to the existence of Tait jackets. … Continue reading

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The City of Spindles

From the 1840s on, emigration from Ireland caused by the Great Famine, meant that the newly industrialized cotton mills in America had a fresh supply of single women (many widows), skilled in textile arts, who needed work. The mills were … Continue reading

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Rise and Fall

York Street Mill, Belfast, around 1880. The original cotton mill burned down in 1828 and rebuilt as a flax mill. I’ve been reading up on the industrialization (or not, as the case actually was) of the Irish cotton spinning industry. … Continue reading

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