The Forsdyke Archive
For the past 20 years ISMACS research editor Graham Forsdyke has been assembling the world's largest archive of historical sewing-machine material.
The archive contains handbooks and manuals from the 1860s covering rare and exotic manufacturers as well as the more common makers. Advertisements, publicity handouts, trade magazines, company reports, stock certificates, factory details, correspondence personal effects of sewing-machine pioneers, thousands of machine photographs help make up the archive.
Pride of place, perhaps, goes to a complete set of official UK patent-office drawings and applications dating back to 1638.
ISMACS members can, through Graham, use the archive for research or simply to provide a missing manual copy.
We also welcome all contributions to help swell the scope of the archive.