Contributed by Biddeford Mills Museum
In 1924, Russell Leonard, a new treasurer for the Pepperell Mills, believed that Pepperell needed to move away from the coarse sheeting that had been used for nearly 50 years to a finer type of goods. He developed a distinctive product that appealed to all income groups in the country.
Pepperell Mills sheet fabrics changed from weave count of 64 by 64 to a finer 68 by 76 with 144 treads per inch. The new sheets were given the distinctive title of Lady Pepperell, the maiden name of two women for which the company had been named. The package inscription stated: "Lady Pepperell...one of America's royal family of sheets".
A year later after a survey, Pepperell made two additions to the line of sheets. One carded sheet product called the Pepperell Fine Count and a fine combed one called Pepperell Peeress.
About This Item
- Title: Lady Pepperell sheets, Biddeford, ca. 1926
- Creator: Pepperell Manufacturing Co.
- Creation Date: circa 1926
- Town: Biddeford
- County: York
- State: ME
- Media: OnPaper
- Local Code: 216
- Collection: General Collection
- Object Type: Text and Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Biddeford (Me.)
- Pepperell Manufacturing Company
- Saco River (Me.)
- Textile industry--Maine--Biddeford
For more information about this item, contact:Biddeford Mills Museum
2 Main Street, Suite 17-301G, Biddeford, ME 04005
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