1859 Water-Proof Fabric May 4, 2009 22:57:06 GMT -5
Post by benotforgot on May 4, 2009 22:57:06 GMT -5
[WEST POINT, MS],
May 4, 1859, p. 1, c. 1.
To Water-Proof Fabrics. — Take a pound of glue, one pound of tallow bar soap and dissolve them in five gallons of water. Now bring the water to the boiling point, and add carefully and slowly one and a half pounds of alum. When this is all dissolved, cool down the liquid to about 130 deg. Fah. and plunge the articles to be prepared into it, then hang them up to dry. When they have become quite dry, they should be washed in soft water and dried a second time. Such articles should not be used for wearing apparel, excepting for loose tunics to be put on in rainy weather. Any person may thus prepare at little expense a coarse cloth water-proof fabric.