"A Lady of Baptist Corner" Panel

The silk industry's large factories spurred cottage industries too. Westfield, near Northampton, was known as "Whip City" in the horse-and-buggy days, and the lashes, or whipsnaps, at the ends of the whips were often made of silk. This panel is based on a painting in the Smith College Museum of Art collection, Edwin Romanzo Elmer's "A Lady of Baptist Corner, Ashfield, Massachusetts," dated 1892 (shown below). The artist's wife is making whipsnaps on a machine of his invention.

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