Sample of mohair fiber; 1951

Sample of mohair fiber; 1951

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Sample of mohair fiber; 1951, as used for blending with other fibers, natural and synthetic, for making yarn and then fabric, by Goodall-Sanford, Inc. Sanford Maine. Mohair comes from the angora goat (the US government provided agricultural subsidiies for flocks of these goats for many years due to mohair's uses in wartime textiles.) Mohair is also a long, lustrous fiber that when blended imparts sheen and moisture/wrinkle resistance. Part of a gift of 14 fabric samples and 11 fiber samples by Goodall-Sanford Inc., Sanford, Maine, to illustrate "Fiber Blending for Better Performance", in September 1951. The Goodall Worsted Company (maker of the mohair and cotton blend fabric "Palm Beach Cloth"), and the Sanford Mills (maker of mohair and wool velvets, plushes, and imitation fur fabrics) merged in 1944 to form Goodall-Sanford Inc. Palm Beach cloth was a menswear summer staple, and was one of the first fabrics considered "easy-care", although both its components were natural fibers. This donation illustrates some of the company's other efforts at blending fibers, in this case natural and synthetic blends. Goodall-Sanford's sales headquarters were at 545 Madison Avenue, NY 22, NY.
Mounted by donor for display, in a clear plastic domed container (now yellowing) with a black marker or paint lettering label.
Currently not on view
Object Name
fiber sample
mohair sample
date made
Physical Description
mohair (overall material)
overall: 2 1/8 in; 5.3975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Goodall-Sanford, Inc.
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American Textile Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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