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Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Silk wedding dress, Westbrook, ca. 1912

Silk wedding dress, Westbrook, ca. 1912

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Maine Historical Society

James Haskell's granddaughter, Mabel, wore a satin wedding dress in 1912. It is one of the few known Haskell silk fabrics that still exists.

Identifying the fabric maker is difficult. The custom of printing the manufacturer's name on the selvedge became more common after 1920, but it was not wide spread.

Haskell sold millions of yards of silk to garment makers and stores nationwide. Every length leaving the factory was guaranteed "not to break, crock or shift."


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