William Waine: Tailor to the Common Man

FRI, SEP 18, 2015 (37:02)

What can a tailor’s account book tell us about his clients and the social world in which they lived? Historian and tailor Henry M. Cooke will share his primary research on 18th-century tailor William Waine. With a shop in Boston’s South End, Waine tailored to working-class Bostonians - including longshoremen, and perhaps some participants in the Boston Tea Party! This illustrated talk will open your eyes to the tailor’s craft as a window into economy, social stratification, and everyday life in 1770s Boston.

Old South Meeting House