Sarah Horowitz - Dry-Me-Dry (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

In the 1930s, Alabama textile firm West Point Manufacturing Company came up with a groundbreaking dish towel fabric that combined cotton and linen with rayon, a relatively new fiber. Dubbed “Martex Dry-Me-Dry: The Amazing 3 Fibre Towel,” the patented blend became famous among American homemakers for its lint-free absorption and speedy evaporation. In the 1950s, Martex Dry-Me-Dry dish towels got a facelift from industrial designers John and Earline Brice. Their bold designs in striking colors were a hit; two were even included in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Dry-Me-Dry: The Untold Story of the “Amazing 3 Fibre Towel” reveals the history of these remarkable kitchen textiles and catalogs them for the first time ever. Listings include official pattern names, comprehensive colorways, original sizes, and color images by renowned textile photographer Don Tuttle.

Sarah Horowitz holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has worked in the publishing industry since 1991 for such varied outlets as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Outside, and John Muir Publications. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in such magazines as I.D., Chicago, and Metropolis, and she frequently contributes to Gardenista, a garden design and outdoor living blog. Horowitz has collected Martex Dry-Me-Dry dish towels since 2001. She lives with her husband and son in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Location: 
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965