Plaids and Labels

The Holts pioneered plaids in Alamance County.  Here are some labels and fabric samples.

Few people today can believe such friendship between Union soldier and Confederate  existed in the 19th century.  Was this a marketing tool to sell plaids to Yankees?

 

Colorful labels extolling Glencoe Plaids
Textile Heritage Museum, Glencoe

 

Haw River Plaids.  sample cards from Bliss, Fabyan & Co., Inc.  New York City Dry goods wholesaler.   Mills depended on wholesale companies to represent them throughout the country.  When Cornelius Bliss died in 1912 his estate was worth over $4 million – NY Times