Sample of Raw Peruvian Full Rough Cotton; Stained: Has varying staple length from 1" - 1-1/4". There are many grades of the same variety; no regular type can be made. Value:- Varies from $0.01 - $0.05 lb. below highest type. [per 1913 Accession folder information]
The cost and long supply chain of wool imports into the US (which did not produce enough wool to meet domestic demand during the heyday of the American woolen industry) led manufacturers to explore substitutes and additives. Specific strains of Peruvian and Chinese cotton were exploited for this purpose, as being "wool-like" in staple length and feel.
The Wonalancet Co. was incorporated in 1905 by Harry Harmon Blunt in Nashua, NH. The company imported cotton from Piura and Lima, Peru, and from China; it was in existence at least into the mid 1970s.
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