I get into these moods. I get obsessed over one subject and need to scour and devour everything I can find on that subject.
A few weeks back, it was Louis Comfort Tiffany. After reading Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland I just wanted to find out as much as I could about the ridiculously fabulous lamps.
My current obsession: The Triangle Waist Co. fire of 1911. For those who don't know, the Triangle Waist Co. was one of the biggest manufacturer of women's shirtwaists in the country. Basically a sweatshop that employed thousands of young girls from the tenements of New York City, Triangle had a reputation for mistreatment of its workers.
This week marks the 100 year anniversary of the great tragedy.
Later, the owners of Triangle were tried for manslaughter for knowing that the doors were locked.
This story fascinates me on so many levels. First and foremost because of the time and place of the fire. New York City in the early 20th century. Fabulous.
It was also history in the making. From labor unions, to fire codes, minimum wage, and caps on workweek hours, the Triangle Waist Co. fire led to serious and profound changes in labor laws.
There is a special documentary on Netflix this month called American Experience: Triangle Fire, put out by PBS.
If you are looking to read about the historic event, I have listed below some of my favorite titles on the subject.
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America