The Tailors Handbook – Where do the materials to make clothes come from – part two

This is the eighth, and final, article taken from “The Tailor’s Handbook of Useful Information” by W.D.F. Vincent published in c1905. 

It is taken from the sixteenth part of the the handbook looking at the where the materials to make clothes come from – in this part, from animal products. 

“…By far the largest quantity of our wool now comes from Australia and New Zealand, and in 1898 Australia alone exported 660,000,000 pounds, the value of which was nearly £30,000,000…”

“There are few tailors of mature years who have not had more or less experience of the depredations caused by the moth, and it is a difficult question to decide whether to look upon this little insect as the tailor’s friend or foe, for under different circumstances it may be both…”

A fire at Wargrave Church June 1914

This is taken from the Wokingham Fire Brigade diaries which were in the possession of my father for a while before we passed them onto the Berkshire Records Office. These covered the call outs made by the Wokingham Fire Brigade during the first half of the 20th century – a small detail of each fire, which crew members attended, and the cost to the brigade.

The Tailors Handbook – Where do the materials to make clothes come from – part one

This is the seventh article taken from “The Tailor’s Handbook of Useful Information” by W.D.F. Vincent published in c1905

It is taken from the fourteenth and fifteenth parts of the the handbook looking at the where the materials to make clothes come from – in this part, from minerals and vegetation. 

In a former article I told you clothing was made from the products of the mineral kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, and the animal kingdom. I now want to direct your attention to each of these in turn.

Cardiff from Top to Bottom

I’ve been toying with the idea of a walk through Cardiff for a while, starting at the highest point on Garth Mountain* down to a lowest point on the Cardiff Bay Barrage. The idea was to keep within the boundary of the City and County of Cardiff. The shortest route measures at just under 11 miles but would be spent mainly walking along the A470, a very busy major road leading from Cardiff and the M4 to Merthyr Tydfil. This would clearly not be much fun, nor would it be particularly healthy. An alternative route, much of which follows the Taff Trail, would be just over 12 miles, however I discounted this as much of the Taff Trail isn’t particularly interesting once you’ve walked it through the City a few times. So, a compromise route was chosen at just under 12 miles – partly along the Taff Trail but missing out some bends in the river and then going through the town centre rather than along the river.

The Tailors Handbook – Origins of clothes and writings for tailors

This is the sixth article taken from “The Tailor’s Handbook of Useful Information” by W.D.F. Vincent published in c1905

It is taken from the eighth to the thirteenth parts of the the handbook looking at the origins of clothes and writings for tailors. 

“…Hence it follows that since Manufacture is simply the operation of the hand of man in producing that which is useful to him, it essentially separates itself from the emotions; when emotions interfere with machinery they spoil it: machinery must go evenly, without emotion. But the Fine Arts cannot go evenly; they always must have emotion ruling their mechanism, and until the pupil begins to feel, and until all he does associates itself with the current of his feeling, he is not an artist.” – John Ruskin

What I’ve been taking pictures of this year

Three months into the year. I’ve talked about taking pictures, so I’d better show some I’ve taken. Whilst there have been some lovely clear and sunny days, they never seem to occur when I decide to go out with a camera. This does bring on the challenges of poor light and keeping dry. I’ll let you decide if I have succeeded when you see the pictures.