MERCHANDISE MANUAL SERIES. SILK. PREFACE: As Department Store Merchandise Manuals these books were originally written for salespeople and were designed to give them reliable information concerning the sources and manufacturing processes of the merchandise which they handle. When it was necessary to deal with scientific or historical material it was treated as simply and concretely as possible and the point of view taken was, that of business rather than that of the school or laboratory. In this form they have proved their practical value not only to the department store salesperson but in the specialty shop. It has-been pointed out, however, that the material has a wider scope than that of sales manuals alone. As reference books, librarians will find the short, clear statements and full indexes invaluable. As an encyclopadia of merchandise the series contains scientific information in a simple, compact form which makes it available for children and others to whom the subjects treated
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