As earlier posts (here and here), can prove, I’m occasionally ensnared by the lure of vintage table linens — losing hours to various keyword searches on the topic, scrolling through websites, etc. Today it was thoughts of the perfect holiday tablecloth that did me in. Thankfully, my time consuming linen lust has lead me to this book — and with it the chance to actually learn something about a topic that’s fuzzy in my head. Here’s the publisher’s write-up:

This beautiful book is the first to exclusively present what many agree are the very best of vintage household linens, the products of the Weil & Durrs Company of New York City, from the 1920s to 1984. Their Wilendur and other brands reign above others in the collecting world for good reason. The bold and beautifully executed patterns stand out as art of the highest quality. Their inks and dyes, as well as their base fabrics, were exceptional. This book provides a brief history of the Weil and Durrs Company and descriptive text for over 250 different tablecloths in 120 printed designs…