People Knitting

A Century of Photographs



     5 × 7.5 in (12.7 × 19.1 cm)
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

Publishers Weekly:

"This charming book features snapshots of knitters from the 1860s to the 1960s, showing men and women being focused, compelled, soothed, and inspired by this everyday practical craft. In this quaint small-size gift book, Barbara Levine brings forward a universality of experience across generations and a sense of camaraderie that will warm the hearts of knitters of today."

The Week:

"Utterly charming."

Atlas Obscura:

"Wonderful!. A fascinating look at people knitting from the 1860s through to the 1960s. There are photographs of people knitting while sitting, walking, driving, in a hair salon, and as a hobby, an occupation or a duty. All of them are compelling. Regardless if you're a knitter or not, Barbara Levine's photographs are a charming ode to this long and timeless tradition."

Mental Floss:

"This collection of vintage photographs of crafters with their yarn and needles is a charming look at a skill that spans time and demographics. It serves as a history of knitting itself, and how its place in the culture has changed over the decades."

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