[London]. S.B., Ltd. 1942-1959. Black boards, backed with red cloth, label pasted to front board with manuscript title. c.100 pages, each page pasted with mulitple cuttings from magazines, newspapers and newsletters, occasional annotations and drawings. 325 x 135mm (12¾ x 5¼"). 0.55kg. . English. Fair; the covers are heavily worn with significant rubbing to edges, mould damage to front board also effecting first 5 pages, front top forecorner clipped, split along spine, rear board detached; the internal pages are however in good order with all the cuttings still present.
A fascinating album of cuttings relating to the clothing regulations imposed on military and civilian tailoring at the time of the Second World War. The label on the cover reads "S.B., Ltd.". It seems likely that the book could well have been constructed by Samuel Brother's, an important tailoring firm, founded in London in 1830, that supplied large quantities of military uniforms throughout the two World Wars and still operates today. The cuttings come from sources such as The Outfitter, The Merchant Taylor, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraphy and The Star. News items from 1942 onwards relating to clothing regulations, clothing coupons and rationing, and military uniforms have been carefully pasted in. They cover everything from the ban of trouser turn-ups to the length of men's socks and how many handkerchiefs they could have. An historical document full of interesting clothing details, despite it's well-loved appearance.