Rayon fiber sample, Goodall-Sanford Inc.; 1951

Rayon fiber sample, Goodall-Sanford Inc.; 1951

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Sample of rayon fiber, as used by Goodall-Sanford Inc. in manufacturing blended-fiber fabrics. 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. Goodall-Sanford did not manufacture rayon fibers - this sample came from fibers purchased from rayon manufacturers, of which there were many by 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
fiber, rayon
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
rayon (overall material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Goodall-Sanford, Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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