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J. B. Patterson & Co., Philadelphia, PA. Textile Novelties, 1892, page 7, The Luxury Colored Hammocks with Drapery.

Summer might be coming to a close but (hopefully!) that also means a little cooler weatherperfect to relax outside on a hammock.

Flipping through this trade catalog by J. B. Patterson & Co. lets us look back at 1892 and the hammocks manufactured that year . . .

Several styles of hammocks are advertised in Textile Novelties by J. B. Patterson & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

One style, the Luxury Hammock, was made of heavy cotton yarn. It was available in either white or in colors, with or without pillows, and with or without drapery.  Another style, the Favorite Hammock, was made of macrame cord and only available in colors.  It also came with or without pillows and with or without drapery.

New for the 1892 season was the Ideal Hammock in which the customer could find "durability, comfort, and beauty."  The Ideal Hammock included the feature of a pliable spreader sewn into the hammock.  The season of 1892 was also the first time J. B. Patterson & Co. introduced the feature of sewn-in pillows.  But for hammocks manufactured without sewn-in pillows, separate pillows were available for $2.50 per dozen.

Textile Novelties, a trade catalog by J. B. Patterson & Co., is located in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library.  For those interested in more images of hammocks, check out the Galaxy of Images.

Hope you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend!—Alexia MacClain

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