I really don’t know what to call this entry but it’s an exploration of human cross sections which I’ll be using as the basis of an upcoming post. The illustrations I’m showing below are by Henry Wampen (AKA Heinrich Wampen, AKA Friedrich Heinrich) circa 1864. I scanned these from Harry Simon’s Designing Men’s and Young Men’s Overcoats, 1931-and no, there’s still no word from Wooden Porch Books on how to obtain copies of the latter.
This first figure by Wampen illustrates whence the cross sections were made (full size doc, 132kb)
This next illustration details the cross sections independently (full size doc, 131kb). For the purposes of my upcoming post, I’ll be using the thoracic cross section.
If these sorts of antiquities amuse you, you can find an amazing online bibliography here (in German). Unfortunately, one is unable to download images. I’m awaiting a response from the site author on how to effect purchase on CD (35 euros each). While there is a mind bending array of material to see (don’t blame me if you lose half the day on site, I’ve already warned you), this set of grading scales -again by Wampen- is tantalizing. Apparently, the concept of grading was previously unknown by tailors of the day. More from Wampen is here.
If you enjoy these sorts of things, you will also probably enjoy Cutting For All!It’s a bibliography of (mostly) pattern making books of the last five centuries compiled by Kevin Seligman (highly recommended).