|I cannot recall where I found these three paper envelopes of old sewing needles above, but I know I found them each at separate times. These text-laden labels immediately caught my eye as they are mostly all hand-lettered. I'm no authority on vintage sewing notions, but I believe The Arthur & Co. and Milward & Sons labels from England are the oldest in the group, just based on the hand-lettering styles. These labels could easily be legacies of long-established family businesses, and perhaps in use for generations. I wish I knew. The Eldredge label in orange is probably the newest in this small group and the only American label. For such small and insignificant items, I find these little folding envelopes with labels to be extraordinarily beautiful packaging. So I went on a treasure hunt looking for more pins and needle notions on the internets. A virtual haystack indeed!|
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