As time moves us further into the 21st century and further away
from a time when one could go to the local mercantile or dry goods
store for a ball of thread, just merely holding this in hand made my
heart ache (just a little) for that simpler time.
Presented here is a rare and unusual find: 2 boxes - one unopened
(from the back storeroom), still wrapped in its pristine packaging;
the other, a work in progress direct from the dry goods store shelf.
Here we have two artifacts from the late 19th C frozen in time that
had been packed away and preserved to be discovered at a later
time after the store had closed.
Both boxes measure 12 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide by 11/2
The unwrapped box is in excellent condition with the lid graphics
being nice and bright and showing very little signs of wear. The graphics, of course, are eye-catching: that red hand with the word
"FLAX" printed upon it sends a giddy smile to one' s face.
Upon opening, one is exposed to a "sweet treat for the eyes" as the
interior's blue and white paper lace embellishment is still intact. Six
robin's egg blue cardboard containers, each their own thread
dispenser complete with hole in hand, remain; all in very good
The wrapped box is, in itself, a wonderment of advertising and
promotion complete with a lovely graphic and explanation of what
lies within as well as the familiar red seal one sees on spools of
Barbour's Irish Linen Thread. Of particular amusement is the back
label that states, "These goods have been put up by No. 32. Should
you find anything wrong kindly return this ticket."
All in all, a spectacular find and one we just have the opportunity to
come across any longer in this day and age.