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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the rag puller or shoddy manufacturer; (6) the woolen-cloth manufacturer. In former days the itinerant rag gatherers frequently sold to small mills, but the trade has gotten too highly specialized for that now, and with the many types and grades required middlemen have become a necessity. He sells to the local rag dealer or "marine-stores dealer," as he is usually called, and this man may sell a special lot he has collected direct to a shoddy maker, though ordinarily he sells to larger dealers in London or elsewhere, who collect large quantities and sort into general classes, according to whether the rags are new or old, all wool or cotton and wool, etc., and then sells special lots to rag sorters or shoddy merchants, as they are called. These men sort the rags according to type of cloth, grade, color, etc., and then sell specific lots by sample to the shoddy mills. As previously noted, the main business of the shoddy mills is making shoddy, not working it up, so after one more careful sorting the rags are pulled by the shoddy maker, and then the material in its original raw fiber state is sold to woolen manufacturers for manufacturing into cloth. BUYING AND WORKING UP RAGS. From abroad the rags are imported by merchants in the heavy woolen district or occasionally by the manufacturers themselves direct. If imported by the merchant, he may sell to another merchant those of a certain type, or to a large puller, or may sell at the auctions. There are five houses in Batley that carry on weekly rag auctions in the same way that wool auctions are carried on in London. The rags sold may be the property of the house selling or may be with them on consignment from abroad or from another merchant. The man who owns the rag-pulling...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236877462
  • 9781236877468