Cloth and Costume, 1750 to 1800: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Cumberland County Historical Society, 199 5. $34.95 plus tax. By Tandy and Charles Hersh. Illustrated; cloth. Carlisle:
With their customary meticulous scholarship Tandy and Charles Hersh have researched textile and costume to present a richly detailed study of the people who settled in Cumberland County. A vivid picture emerges through their analysis of 1 ,220 estate inventories, wills, tax lists, indictments, and an impressive array of other county records and resources. Eighteenth-century Cumberland County, with 33 widespread townships and three towns, offers exceptional opportunity for study of the structure of life on what was then considered a frontier. The authors observe that "people living in a community offering 138 types of cloth were very much a part of the world of fashion. Households and costumes were not limited by a lack of choice of the world's fabrics."