“A Linen Hunting Shirt”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A trading post hunter wearing a linen hunting shirt.

A backwoods hunter watches from a downed oak tree top as a wild turkey pecks its way down the hill. The hand-sewn, natural-linen shirt followed the 1804 pattern Matilda Chapman submitted with her bid for an army contract to produce hunting shirts. The drawing minimizes fabric waste while maximizing personal comfort and woodland utility. Old Northwest Territory, three ridges east of the River Raisin, in the Year of our Lord, 1797…

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