I wonder why I love old things so much. Not the fancy stuff but the everyday useful items. Yesterday I needed to hem a pair of slacks and wanted to use a thread that would not break easily. I turn to this thread often for repairs. As I looked at the spool, I finally realized it might be ‘special.’
I have two wooden spools of 2 oz. thread. One is white, the other black thread. I have used it for various repairs many years and don’t remember how I came to have them in the first place. They measure 2 1/2 inches tall x 11/2 inches diameter. After an entire afternoon research project devoted to the source of the spools with the information that was stamped directly into the wood spool at both ends, I still don’t really know the purpose of MY thread, its age and history.
My scans of my thread spools
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Some research results:
Town connection was Lowell, Mass.
Lowell Thread Mills 1830-1850 in operation.
Meyer Thread Company was in Lowell, Mass and was registered as a domestic profit corporation in 1922.
Threads were used for:
Shoe and Hat repair