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Picking up the linen threads : a study in industrial folklore

Author: Betty Messenger
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, ©1978.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Picking Up the Linen Threads is a study into the folklore of those employed in the Linen Industry in Northern Ireland. The book starts with a look at the history of linen manufacture in Ireland, from the time of home spinning through to the factory era. The different categories of linen workers, such as doffers, handle holders, piecers and pickers are mentioned with a brief description of their role in the overall  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Messenger, Betty, 1929-
Picking up the linen threads.
Austin : University of Texas Press, ©1978
(OCoLC)570168321
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betty Messenger
ISBN: 0292764464 9780292764460
OCLC Number: 3447299
Description: xxi, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: by Betty Messenger.

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"Picking Up the Linen Threads is a study into the folklore of those employed in the Linen Industry in Northern Ireland. The book starts with a look at the history of linen manufacture in Ireland, from the time of home spinning through to the factory era. The different categories of linen workers, such as doffers, handle holders, piecers and pickers are mentioned with a brief description of their role in the overall manufacturing process. The book is an excellent look at the social aspects of life as a linen worker which, despite the hardships involved, does appear to have had its pleasant moments (though how much of this is down to the well known human phenomena of gradually forgetting the negatives and amplifying the positives of any situation is debatable)."--Industrial Heritage Survey.

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