Another fun book!
This is People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine. The title describes it pretty well: it is a collection of photos of people knitting from the 1860s through to the 1960s. Mostly these are regular, everyday people, with a few celebrities thrown in to the mix.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press on October 4, 2016, this is a small format (5″ x 7.75″) hardcover book that would be a fun addition to your library, or a delightful holiday gift for the knitter on your list.
There is an index at the back of the book that consists of a thumbnail of each photo with its identifying information.
There is a short Vimeo video that flips through the book here.
Some of my favorite photos:
This fellow is a taxicab driver in London ca. 1940, knitting between fares.
This adorable image is from 1939 and is housed in the Shetland Museum and Archives
This image is identified as a Seattle woman knitting while walking, ca. 1918. I like this photo because she looks so self-assured and happy, and also because she bears a resemblance to my paternal grandmother.
And this is knitting for the forces at the beauty salon, London, 1940. You have to love some good multi-tasking!
There are a few photos that I had seen before in other places, but most of these are new to me. There are also a few reproductions of knitting related posters, greeting cards, etc. And a quote about knitting here and there. Like this one from Emily Post from “Etiquette and the War” published in the New York Times, May 17, 1943:
Excellent advice, yes?
The publisher kindly sent me two copies so I could keep one and give one away. So, who’d like a copy?
To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Loki will draw a winner at that time.
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