TitlePainted Fabrics Limited, Sheffield
AdminHistoryPainted Fabrics Limited was a luxury textiles company set up by Annie Bindon Carter during the First World War to offer employment to wounded ex-servicemen. The men acquired a wide range of new skills very different from their pre-war occupations including hand stencilling using specially adapted brushes and tools, screen printing, block printing, spray painting and garment manufacture. Mrs Carter's motto for Painted Fabrics was 'Work not Charity'.

The company was wound up in 1959.
DescriptionPhotocopies of documents loaned by Desmond Brooks who grew up in the Painted Fabrics village (1997), including:
1) Postcard of Painted Fabrics village, Meadowhead, [c.1926];
2) Ribbon and tag stating: 'Admit bearer to Royal Enclosure "Painted Fabrics" 5 Jul 1934, 2pm - 6pm';
3) Photograph of Desmond Brooks (aged 5) and Primrose Cole presenting handkerchiefs to the Duchess of York at Painted Fabrics, [5 Jul 1934];
4) Programme of opening ceremony by H.R.H. Princess Mary (Viscountess Lascelles) of Painted Fabrics Ltd, Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, [8 Aug 1925];
5) Short history of Painted Fabrics issued on the opening of the company, [8 Aug 1925];
6) Programme of visit by the Duke and Duchess of York to Painted Fabrics, [5 Jul 1934];
7) Newspaper cartoon depicting 'the boys of Painted Fabrics', Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, [1930s];
8) Hand drawn and printed Christmas cards sent by Annie Bindon Carter, [1960].
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