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People Knitting

A Century of Photographs

Levine

$16.95

     5 × 7.5 in (12.7 × 19.1 cm)
Hardcover
144 pages
10 color illustrations, 90 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616893927


People Knitting is a charming tribute in vintage photographs and printed ephemera to the ever-popular, often all-consuming, craft of knitting. When women posed with their knitting in the earliest nineteenth-century photographs, it demonstrated their virtue and skill as homemakers. Later, knitting became fashionable among the wealthy as a sign of culture and artistic ability. During the two world wars, images of nurses, soldiers, prisoners, and even knitting clubs composed of very serious small boys'all with heads bent down, intent on knitting items (especially socks) for the troops'abounded. In the 1950s and 1960s, as snapshots became ubiquitous, knitters took on a jauntier air, posing with handiwork held proudly aloft. People Knitting is a quirky and fascinating gift for the knitter in your life.


Barbara Levine is an expert and dealer in snapshot photography, and founder of PROJECT B, a curatorial-services company. She lives in Houston, Texas, and San Miguel, Mexico.


Editorial Reviews

Knitter Magazine :

"This small hardback book is a tribute to knitters everywhere, from humble housewives to Hollywood starlets. The images give a glimpse into a daily pastime, and the viewer is left wondering about the lives behind these photos, as well as gaining a sense of the cultural importance of knitting at different points in history."


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