Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1886 Wellington Cross Advertising Flyer with Sweet, Orr & Co.

Nice advertising flyer from March 1886 issued by Wellington Cross of Fultonville, NY. From what I could find, Wellington Cross was a general merchandise store. The key to this piece is on the reverse side where you'll find an ad for the Orr Pantaloon Overall from Sweet, Orr & Co.

Below is the original envelope the flyer was mailed in.

Monday, January 30, 2012

1881 Levi Strauss & Co. Billhead

Levi Strauss & Co. billhead dated October 4, 1881. I like that the goods could be bought with U.S. gold coins.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Spotted on ebay: Can't Bust 'Em Counter Display

Awesome Can't Bust 'Em counter display made by the Old King Cole Papier Mache Company in Canton, Ohio. Full listing here.

Oversized Sweet-Orr Ink Blotter

Oversized ink blotter measuring 9 1/4 inches x 4 inches advertising Sweet-Orr Overalls. The piece is not dated.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Circa 1891 Newburgh Never Rip Overalls and Pants Salesman's Calling Card

Keeping in line with yesterday's post, today we have another calling card/postcard from salesman, J.C. Detweiler. On this piece he's dealing Newburgh Never Rip Overalls, Pants and Coats. While the card doesn't say it, I'm almost 100% certain that this product was produced by the makers of Keystone Overalls, Cleveland & Whitehill. The postcard, like yesterday's is addressed to McKinney Bros. This one is being sent to their other location in Plain Grove, PA. The card is postmarked November 4th and what looks like Allegheny, PA.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1891 Sweet, Orr & Co. Salesman's Calling Card

1891 Sweet, Orr & Company salesman's calling card/postcard postmarked Smethport, Pennsylvania January 25th. The Sweet, Orr salesman was J.C. Detweiler who also sold Keystone Overalls made by Cleveland & Whitehill. I have a Keystone calling card which will show this as well as being address to the same company (McKinney) show below. I'm not positive, but I also think he went on to work as the assistant secretary for the Bureau of Workers Compensation in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spotted on ebay: Sweet, Orr & Co. Match Safe by Whitehead & Hoag

Just spotted this amazing Sweet, Orr & Co. match safe by Whitehead & Hoag, Newark, NJ. on ebay. The complete listing is here. Ending price on this piece including shipping was $543.

1955 Oshkosh B'Gosh Chrome Advertising Postcard

1955 Oshkosh B'Gosh chrome advertising postcard.

Kind of amazing how such a force in the work clothes industry is now a powerhouse in kids' clothing. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Railroad Engineer & Son Cabinet Photo by A.W. Judd - Carhartt Overalls

Amazing cabinet photo by A.W. Judd (1846-1929), Chattanooga, Tennessee. The subject matter alone makes this a great photo, but what makes it even better is the Carhartt heart shaped button on the engineer's overalls. Carhartt used this style button from 1900-1930. Judd established his Chattanooga photography studio in 1877 at 828 Market Street. More of Judd's work can be found at the Southeast Tennessee Digital Archive.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sweet-Orr "Dust Proof" Drill Pocket Flasher

Great piece of marketing by Sweet - Orr (Sweet, Orr & Co.). This large (6 x 10) flasher would fit perfectly on (and in) the back pocket of their "Dust-Proof" Drills. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Insist Upon This Label

From Labor Arts

Sarnia Woollen Mills Co., Headlight Overalls Agency Shipping Label

Gummed shipping label for Sarnia Woollen Mills Company in Sarnia, Ontario. This Canadian mill was the agency for Larned, Carter & Company's "Headlight" Overalls. The mill was founded in 1884. The label dates to around 1910-1915.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1918 Oshkosh Overall Co. Advertising Cover

Nice graphic line art advertising cover for OshKosh B'Gosh Union Made Overalls postmarked October 9, 1918.  I love how simple the address is.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Newell Manufacturing Co. Tailor Fitting Overalls

Advertising card from the Newell Manufacturing Company. No date, but probably from the late 1890s or early 1900s. Not to much information on the company. I did find out that it was previously known as the Waverly Manufacturing Company and was established in 1883. F.M. Newell is from on of the earliest families in the state of Pennsylvania. I wonder if this is Newell's actually signature at the bottom of the card?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Burbank's Standard Overalls

Great little piece of marketing from Burbank's Standard Overalls made by Burbank Manufacturing Company in Nashua, New Hampshire. There's no date on the piece, but it's from the early 1900s. The company was founded in 1901 and became the Buxton Garment Manufacturing Company around 1918.

"The Mechanic" Overalls, Shirts and Pants - Marcus Loeb & Company

Advertising card for "The Mechanic" Overalls, Shirts and Pants manufactured by Marcus Loeb & Company in Atlanta, Georgia. There's no date on the card, but I'd place it in the early 1920s. The card is blank backed. Marcus Loeb founded his company in 1899. 

Judging from the piece below, I assume being located in Atlanta gave Marcus Loeb the opportunity to do work for the Coca-Cola Company. I found this on Coca-Cola Conversations.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet, Orr & Co.'s Union-Made Trousers Swatch Card

Great advertising swatch card from Sweet, Orr & Co., Newburgh, NY. circa late 1890's early 1900's. The card has an actual fabric swatch from their Union-Made Trousers, Lot 4115 T. The card is blank backed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sweet, Orr & Co. Receipt Envelope

Nice little Sweet, Orr & Co., receipt envelope from Willner Bros., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No date on the piece, but I'd say from around the late 1890's from the pricing of the Special Yellow Ticket $1.50 Trousers. I've seen similar pricing in ads from 1895. I really like the company's marketing slogan of "Look For The Name On The Buttons."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

1924 Nuff Stuff Overalls and Shirts Advertising Postcard

Interesting advertising postcard for Nuff Stuff Overalls and Shirts from 1924. Wonder what the marketing folks at Hartmann-Schneider Company were thinking when they came up with this piece? Looks like the guy is stealing a chicken. This piece has nice crossover appeal as a black americana collectible.

1907 Keystone Rompers Celluloid Calendar

1907 Celluloid Calendar advertising Keystone Rompers Overalls and Coats for boys and girls. This was issued by the Cleveland & Whitehill Company in Newburgh, NY.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Save The Date - Inspiration Vol. 3: "Go GloCal!"

Save the date. It's almost time for Rin Tanaka's Inspiration Show Vol. 3: "Go GloCal!"

Wishing You A Happy And Prosperous New Year - Keystone Overalls 1904

Front cover of the 1904 Keystone Overalls Day Planner

White Oak Cotton Mills Stereographs

Great grouping of Stereographs showing the White Oak Cotton Mills (Cone Denim) in Greensboro, North Carolina circa 1903.

Baseball Team

Beaming Frames

Boiler House

Brass Band

Card Room

Dye House

Engine Room

Lapper Machines

Partial View of the Mills




Spinning Frames



Weave Room