Here are some sections or chapters in prose!
Macintosh factory in Chorlton-upon-Medlock,
under redevelopment 2004. Thanks to Ian
1885(?) Macintosh ad by G.F.Cotton
Notes on Hancock by David E.
and the Great Exhibition
Fashion trade in women's waterproofs, Europe, mid 20th
The raw material for our History is not restricted to Trade Directories!
Here we assemble evidence of other kinds.
Evidence from Literature
Here we are trying to keep a proper record of the sources
Only a start so far I'm afraid.
Theft of waterproof garments
Macintosh Factory Fire 1838
We are trying to establish a history of rainwear here, beginning at any
rate with the waterproof rainwear which was made possible by the development
of rubber technology in the early 19th Century. There are already article-length
accounts, which are an excellent starting point. The idea is to build on
these by going back to primary sources wherever possible.
The sources I know about (a bit) are mostly about the UK so I suppose
that side will be developed first. I have caught enough glimpses of
developments in the States, and of still others in France and Germany and
the Soviet Union as was, to know that there are quite different paths which
would be very interesting indeed to be able to pursue. I very much hope
lots of people will want to chip in with what they know, or that
one or two people will want to help a lot!
The rubber-proofed raincoat was one of the very earliest applications
of the emerging early 19th Century rubber technology, so that the early
history of rubber-proofed rainwear is the early history of the rubber industry
itself with the great firms of Macintosh, Moulton and the North
British centre stage in Britain, joined on the world stage by Goodyear
in the United States. Later the focus shifts to the high street, where
the absolutely most interesting products of a now highly diversifying
rubber industry are laid before an appreciative consumer, who is also being
offered, towards the end of this period, the alternative of rainwear in
plastic. Essentially it is with developments on that side that
the story comes up to date, and it is there surely that the future lies...
[A bit more detail... ]
This tries to list businesses that have played a part in making or selling
rainwear, with comments about their significance, role etc - wherever
possible. The more significant firms will have a page of their own (a
lot of these not mounted yet!). The list is a hugely mixed one, with
entries for the mighty Charles Macintosh and Co on the one hand, as
well as for Judy Ltd, once of Euston Road, Morecambe on the other. The
idea is that at least it collects the data upon which, one day I hope,
a interpretative narrative might be constructed.
Map - Rainwear Firms in Lancashire 1898
Rainwear Firms in the Past
Searchable data base (incomplete!)
town by town
When one trawls through Trade Directories - a fascinating
business - the facts have the format of what rainwear-related businesses
exist at a given date in a particular town. This listing gathers these
facts! It's completely unsystematic and incomplete at the moment but
you have to start somewhere. We need the facts on more towns, and we
need the fact-gathering (esp from the Directories) on the towns listed
to be completed and systematised ...
We are also trying to collect pics of historical interest here - eg pics of rainwear shops, factories etc. (UK so far ...)