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Woven Innovation

December 7, 2015 Archive Insight

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The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation contains such a breadth and depth of artifacts that rediscovering and sharing its treasures often involves a number of our staff working together.  Assistant Curator Saige Jedele was recently investigating our collections in support of Curator Kristen Gallerneaux’s story on the Jacquard loom featured on The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, and turned up a woven silk image of a baseball game.  Conservator Fran Faile noted we had a number of similar artifacts in the collection, which our digitization team then imaged and cataloged.  These pieces, like this bookmark featuring George Washington, are known as “Stevengraphs,” after the man who built on the punchcard technology of the Jacquard loom to create the intricate fabric pictures.

Visit our online collections to view all of the rare and delicate Stevengraphs that have just been digitized.

Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

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