St. Louis, MO. Norman Pattern Co., 1896.
Pattern book, illustrated in black and white, text in English and German, 32 pages including covers, 11 3/4 x 9 inches, staple binding. Moderate wear to covers including multiple short tears and small chips, 4 inch split to tail of spine, 1 3/4 inch split to head of spine, staples rusted, 3/8 inch tear to fore edge of text block; interior in overall good clean condition; instructions easy to read and usable. An uncommon item perfect for anyone who wishes to accurately construct an 1890s outfit. Mrs. Norman was from St. Louis, a city with a large German population, which might account for the fact the booklet is bilingual: each column of English text is accompanied by a column in German printed in the Fraktur font. Mrs. Norman provides instructions on drafting the dresses of the time, with princess or Wateau wrappers, leg of mutton sleeves, mandolin sleeves, storm collars, and more. She also provides the "Children and Doll System" Item #56643