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Sewing Machines | Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Collections
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Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a child seated at a St. John sewing machine]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a child seated at a St. John sewing machine; text describing the desirable features of the machine.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1253

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring rose buds and text about the value of the Royal St. John Sewing Machine]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring rose buds and text about the value of the Royal St. John Sewing Machine "only machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction - weather run forward or backward - adapted for heavy or light work".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1250

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a picture of a sewing machine surrounded by roses]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a picture of the sewing machine surrounded by roses "The only machine in the world that continues to run in the same direction whether run forward or backward. Warranted for five years".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1251

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a basket of flowers]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a basket of flowers. Text explaining the machine is recommended by mechanics as the best in the market, adapted for heavy use, and can sew in the same direction, forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1252

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a child seated at a St. John sewing machine and two children at the seaside saying "What are the world waves saying, sister?"]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a child seated at a St. John sewing machine and two children a the seaside saying "what are the world waves saying, sister?".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1254

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a woman walking down a path holding a basket and an umbrella under her arm; in the distance is a house and mountains] / The only sewing machine in the worlds that sews continually in one direction whether forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a woman walking down a path holding a basket and an umbrella under her arm. In the distance is a house and mountains; text: "The only sewing machine in the world that sews continually in one direction whether forward or backward".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1255

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a woman in a rose colored dress reading a book and sitting outside, with a house in the distance] / 'The only sewing machine in the world that sews continually in the same direction"
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card showing woman in rose colored dress reading a book and sitting outside. A house is in the distance.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1256

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring two parrots on a branch of a tree]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring two parrots on a branch of a tree with text "Perfect, simple, durable, warranted for 5 years. The only sewing machine in the worlds that sews continually in one direction whether forward or backward".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1257

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a river scene of the Mississippi River at Burlington] / "Only machine in the world that sews continuously in one direction, forward or backward."
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card showing a river scene of the Mississippi River at Burlington "Only machine in the world that sews continuously in one direction, forward or backward"; back of card features a piece of music extolling the virtues of the St. John Machine.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1258

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a young girl holding a dog and looking affectionately at him] / "Only machine in the world that sews continuously in one direction, forward or backward."
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a young girl holding a dog and looking affectionately at him. Poem on the reverse side is in tribute to the Royal St. John Sewing Machine; "Only machine in the world that sews continuously in one direction, forward or backward".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1259

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a young girl, wearing a rose-colored dress with a blue sash, and with brown hair parted in the middle, hugging a sad-eyed dog]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a young girl, wearing a rose-colored dress with a blue sash, and brown hair parted in the middle, hugging a sad-eyed dog.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1261

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a group of adults and children watching a demonstration on a sewing machine with a cat on the floor] / High arm self setting needle.
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 1
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card showing group of adults and children watching a demonstration on a sewing machine with a cat on the floor.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1262

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, out for a walk holding hands and carrying baskets] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, out for a walk holding hands and carrying baskets. Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1263

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, out for a walk holding hands and carrying baskets] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, out for a walk holding hands and carrying baskets. Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1264

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring a woman and a child looking out at something; the woman wears a brown dress with a yellow collar and the child wears a blue dress] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring a woman and a child looking out at something; only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1265

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, running away; scarecrow visible in nearby tree] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, running away; scarecrow visible in nearby tree. Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1267

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, running away; scarecrow visible in nearby tree] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring three children, two girls and one boy, running away; scarecrow visible in nearby tree. Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1268

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring two children listening to a third child who is speaking and pointing to the St. John Sewing Machine] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring two children listening to a third child who is speaking and pointing to the St. John Sewing Machine. Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1269

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card resembling a ticket to a sewing machine exhibition] / New route to happiness, direct air line; avoid the stations of noise, fatigue, and vexation.
Imprint: [187-]
Pages: 1
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card resembling a ticket to a sewing machine exhibition. "New route to happiness. Direct air line. Avoid the stations of nosiness, fatigue, and vexation".
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1270

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card featuring three children out for a walk, looking at a faceless scarecrow] / Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Imprint: [between 1883 and 1894]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Descriptive Notes: Trade card featuring three children out for a walk looking at a faceless scarecrow. Only sewing machine in the world that continues to sew in the same direction whether run forward or backward.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1271

Standard Company Name: St. John Sewing Machine Company
Company Name: Royal St. John Sewing Machine
Title: [Trade card advertising the Improved New Royal Sewing Machine, Number 956]
Imprint: [between 1870 and 1899]
Pages: 2
Notes: Format: Trade cards
Model represented: 956.
Descriptive Notes: Trade card advertising the Improved New Royal Sewing Machine, Number 956.
Smithsonian Location: NMAH. Archives Center. Warshaw. Box: 4 ; Folder 1 (about locations)
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Record Number: 1326

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