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Gloves Past and Present

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Gloves Past and Present by Willard M. Smith provides an in-depth look at the history and significance of gloves throughout different cultures and time periods. Smith's writing is informative and engaging, making the topic accessible to readers with varying levels of knowledge on the subject.

The book covers everything from the practical uses of gloves in daily life to their symbolic meaning in various traditions and ceremonies. Smith's research is thorough and well-presented, offering readers a comprehensive understanding of how gloves have evolved over the centuries.

One of the standout qualities of Gloves Past and Present is Smith's attention to detail when discussing the craftsmanship and materials used to make gloves. His descriptions of different styles and designs add an extra layer of appreciation for the artistry behind these seemingly simple accessories.

Overall, Gloves Past and Present is a must-read for anyone interested in fashion history, cultural studies, or simply curious about the everyday items we often take for granted. Smith's passion for the subject shines through in this well-written and enlightening book.

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From the preface: "For thirty years I have devoted myself to the practical problems of the glove industry, and my connection with one of the substantial firms of master-merchant-glovers in the world has taught me how little gloves are known or appreciated by the millions of persons who buy them and wear them. The pursuit of glove lore--the historic romance of the glove--has long since been with me a selfish recreation. Now I desire to share it, as well as the practical knowledge, with all men and women who have missed seizing upon the real relation which gloves bear to life."


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