Knitters of Needham, Massachusetts (Images of America Series)

Knitters of Needham, Massachusetts (Images of America Series)

by Chaim M. Rosenberg, The Needham Historical Society
     
 

In the 19th century, knitters from the Midlands of England, made poor by the increasing flow of work into factories, brought their craft to America. Many of them settled in Highlandville, a village ofNeedham. Working out of their homes, they knitted socks, mittens,

gloves, underwear, and jackets, using hand- and foot-operated frame machines they brought from

Overview


In the 19th century, knitters from the Midlands of England, made poor by the increasing flow of work into factories, brought their craft to America. Many of them settled in Highlandville, a village ofNeedham. Working out of their homes, they knitted socks, mittens,

gloves, underwear, and jackets, using hand- and foot-operated frame machines they brought from England. The more enterprising of them, like William Carter, John Moseley, and Joseph Thorpe, built large mills using steam-powered machinery. The knitters carried the quiet farming town of Needham into the industrial age, attracting hundreds of immigrants to work in their mills. With a strong sense of civic responsibility, the knitters helped build schools, churches, town libraries, parks, and even a cricket field. Early in the 20th century, faced with stiff competition from abroad, the knitters of Needham followed the general trend of the textile industry by consolidating and moving production to the South.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738591094
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
03/26/2012
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Chaim M. Rosenberg has long studied the Massachusetts industrial age and is the author of The Great Workshop: Boston's Victorian Age and several other works. The images in Knitters of Needham come from the author's private collection as well as from the archives of the Needham Historical Society.

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