National Geographic : 1950 Aug
© National Geographic Society 238 Kodachrome by Willard It. Culver Organdies and Voiles from Ancient St. Gallen Become the Latest Paris and New York Fashions Old firms in this Swiss textile center once specialized in fine hand embroidery. Now they export a wide variety of machine-woven goods, costume fabrics, damask tablecloths, and low-priced cotton handkerchiefs for the world's department stores. Factories of St. Gallen have gone modern, but not the old town. Richly decorated facades and quaint oriel windows of its patrician houses recall the past. Its abbey library treasures manuscripts of the ninth and tenth centuries.