Jacob Rohland pattern book  1815
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Biography

Weaving was truly a cottage industry in Lebanon County, Pa., during the early 19th century. Itinerants traversed the county, setting up looms in private residences as needed to manufacture textiles on site, and some individuals supported looms in their own homes to produce for home consumption or resale. A German settler in the county, Jacob Rohland owned a book containing textiles patterns, presumably to aid him in weaving and perhaps to act as a sample book for potential customers.