Friday, February 22, 2008

A Little More About Staples

Since my post on Staples, I have now
found an original leaflet that
came from the "Toy Knitting Outfit"
by Bradley / Milton Bradley.

Here you can see that the spool knitter has staples and
not nails. This set dates to the 1910's which is well
ahead of the Spear's Games "Knitting Nancy" which
was released in 1926. Originally, it was thought that
the "Knitting Nancy" was the first to introduce
staples, but this is proof that they were used
on spool knitters before then.

Here is the full leaflet found in the
"Toy Knitting Outfit" box.
(click for larger image)

And above is the box that the leaflet came from.
Oddly though, the graphics on the box shows spool
knitters with nails!

Here below, is the contents of the box showing two
original spool knitters (with their yarn guide spring),
and a small wooden handmade cotton reel/spool knitter.

It really pays to look more closely at pictures on
leaflets, boxes, packaging, and in pattern books.
You would all know about the vintage Spool Knitting book
by Mary McCormack printed in 1909, take a closer
look at the spool knitter used - it has staples!
(click on Spool Knitting above to take you to my
previous post last year and then on the link to the book).
I had been dating any spool knitter with staples to
be after 1926 (when the Spear's "Knitting Nancy"
was released) so now it has to be after 1909.
If you would like to comment about this I would be
very interested to know what you think. Do you
know anything else about staples on spool

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