The Flight of the Cotton Fairies:
An 1890s Victorian Fairy Tale of Old Willimantic
by Rose Terry Cooke
With an additional essay by Jamie H. Eves, Windham Textile and History Museum
Originally published in 1893, A Fairy at School was fairy tale about Idola, a lazy fairy sentenced to learn the value of hard work by being transformed into cotton and then manufactured into thread at the Willimantic Linen Company in Willimantic, CT.
It was orriginally published by the Willimantic Linen Company as advertising to accompany the Company’s booth at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition. It was republished, with a historical essay by Jamie Eves, as The Flight of the Cotton Fairies in 2011.