February 21, 2012

How To Make A Spool Elephant...

Adorable Alert!
This is a vintage J.P. Coats - Clark card for John Martin's Spool Zoo. The copyright date is 1921.
There was a whole series of these cards including the elephant, fox, bear, zebra, lion and hippo. (Look close to the back of the card. They're all listed.)

The card is meant to be cut around the animal shape (you can enlarge the card to see the dotted lines) and then each side of the animal was glued to an end of a spool. Once assembled, the animal was free-standing. The card advertises acquiring an entire zoo. The little red square on the back of the card shows a tiny illustration of the finished spool elephant.
There was also an insert to order a 48 page book of "Sewing Secrets". Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone. lol

I'm having a wonderful time visiting with Grace, her daughters (my "sisters" by choice) and last night, one of Grace's granddaughters (Sarah) joined me at "Grammies" house to stay overnight. It was wonderful catching up with her. I haven't seen her since she was in elementary school. She's grown into quite the lovely young woman.

It's nice to remember that every cloud has its silver lining.
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Sharon said...

Love the spool elephant card, Donna! I've never seen those before. Will be on the lookout for other zoo animals.

The French Bear said...

Don't you wish they still made things like that, it is so adorable...I just have this huge soft spot for sewing things.....what a sweet idea.
Nice to hear you had time with Grace and Sarah.....you were probably stitching too, lol, knowing you!
Take care!
Hugs,
Mags
xx

Vickie Niggemann said...

That is sweet Donna. Mild weather here in Wisconsin, isn't it? :) I began a blog yesterday Donna. It is http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/ Come and visit.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I got a few of these in a vintage sewing basket I found. I wanted to make them in the worst way but didn't want to cut them up. D'uh! Xerox......

Sherri said...

I've never seen these cards before-very interesting! The elephant is so cute!

Minimiss said...

I love that type of vintage marketing. Very good luck that it hadn't been cut up and gone forever.

I'm glad you've found your silver lining. May it continue and I hope Grace improves. Take care.

Createology said...

Ahh the simple joys of yesteryear. Getting to visit with friends and family is so good. I am certain everyone is so happy you are there with them. Continue making lots of memories...
Handsome and Tag must be lonely but I feel certain they are getting along just fine doing "guy" things together. :o)

Createology said...

Ahh the simple joys of yesteryear. Getting to visit with friends and family is so good. I am certain everyone is so happy you are there with them. Continue making lots of memories...
Handsome and Tag must be lonely but I feel certain they are getting along just fine doing "guy" things together. :o)

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Oh how we wish at times we could go back to years past. Isn't it fun to discover some of the vintage toys, designs, and let our imagination run wild with them. I am so glad you are getting to catch up with your extended family. Hope your friend has a very speedy recovery. Hugs Your Missouri Friend.

Michelle May said...

Oh that is just totally cool!

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