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Clark’s thread box held 20 #50 spools. Appears to be a promotional
from 1920s- early 30s.
A Clark’s promotional for ONT thread. The clever and appealing
sales line reads "Nothing stronger can there be than mother’s love and ONT." ONT
was George Clark’s acronym for Our New Thread. Card probably dates from early 1900s to
post-WWI judging from printing and reference to fast black which were very tempermental;
fast black was a guarantee color would remain black after washing.
Courtesy Susan Axel Bedsaul
Charming trading cards from 1881 for Merrick, Corticelli and
Willimantic thread companies. – Courtesy Shirley McElderry
Corticell Thread —
Front and insider cover of a promotional folder featuring the Corticelli kitten, 1908. – Courtesy Sharon Stark
Every woman carried at least one in her purse.
Matchbook kits were a popular advertising means
by businesses, particularly banks and hosiery
companies. Each kit contained silk or cotton
thread for emergency repairs and matchsticks
called arrestor rods or stop-run sticks which
were moistened and applied to hosiery runs to
prevent further action.
Bank kit is 1960s. Real Silk Hosiery Mills dates
around mid-1930s through WWII and would have
been used on rayon hose as well as silk.
Belding Corticelli [see closeup] dressmaker shears, est. 1970s, possibly earlier. No other information available at this time regarding manufacturer or length of time BC produced scissors under its name. – Courtesy Sharon Flatbush
How a young girl in the 1890s occupied part of her time.
This lovely belgian linen sewing back with its beautiful embroidery is
missing its silk ribbon but is in perfect condition otherwise. It was to
hold larger sewing supplies while a hussif [old eng. from housewife], a
small roll-type bag, held smaller sewing tools as shown. – Courtesy of Pamela Keating
back view of hussif showing silk ribbon ties and owner’s
side view of unrolled hussif, showing tiny stitching which holds wrapper to padded ends and silk ribbon ties..
inside view of hussif. which contains an ivory awl for making eyelet holes, silk thread from Germany and an attached needle cushion. Embroidery or small scissors would have been inserted in holder shown on the upper flap.