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Advert For E Russell & Co, Mackintosh Warehouse

Advert For E Russell & Co, Mackintosh Warehouse

Printer: Grellier

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Evan.6629

Item number: 6629

Genre: Leaflet

Charles Mackintosh took out a patent for a waterproof material in 1825. In 1817 he had discovered that rubber could be dissolved in coal tar naphtha and that by adding this to a woollen material it was waterproof. It was not until 1825 that he perfected his formula. Mackintosh's were a green colour and were long garments that covered the entire body from neck to ankles. Because the material was non porous the wearer was prone to excessive sweating in warm weather but despite this they were popular coats.

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