A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics.

From: A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson's Album of Styles and Fabrics Hardcover – September, 1987 I bought this book back in 1987 and treasure it! Album with textile samples and fashion plates, compiled by Barbara Johnson, England

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Historic Fraktur used for weddings, deaths, birth certificates.

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