I am spending the day researching the history of oilcloth for my upcoming book, Sewing with Oilcloth, (August, 2011) and I came across this drawing and article written by John Heinl. I thought you would enjoy seeing where oilcloth was manufactured in the early 20th century!
Please note that the recent Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) prohibits oilcloth garments such as bibs and aprons or toys for children. While there are no heavy metals in oilcloth, it does contain Phthalates, which softens the plastic coating used to manufacture Oilcloth. With this in mind it may not be suited for Snack Bags and Sandwich Wraps especially for children. I suggest using the more family friendly Laminated Cottons. Also note we plan to expand our selection of this new lux oilcloth in the near future.
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