Monday, April 10, 2017

antique japanese floral paper

      This digital paper is free for visitors to use in their personal crafts only. Click directly on the paper to download the largest available size. This print is over 100 years old. The blue flowers and sage green grey leaves are typical of book end papers inspired by Japanese design during the late 1800s.

Friday, January 6, 2017

easter cherubim frame

   Something lavish for your letters and cards. Color it in if you wish...

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comic book kisses

Just kissing in the bushes I suppose.
    Make your own old-fashioned Valentines using a bit of comic flare.
 No sense in beating around the bush about it; 
just say it like you mean it! Oh, kiss me you fool!
Text, "He did! and we were together constantly during the cruise!
The night before we docked... 'Sue, Darling!'" A couple kiss on a moonlit cruise.
A couple embrace in the moonlight in formal wear. Text,
"That's a thing of the past! Now I'd like to start planning the
 future with you! If You'll consider it! Oh, Brad!
Of course I will!" (Guys name Brad get around a lot.)
Parking and sparking, a couple kisses passionately in the car.
Text, "I know now that Gil couldn't have loved me
 very much and left me as he did! I'll never leave
 you, Muriel! Will you marry me real soon?"
These two are so overwhelmed they can't even kiss.
 Text, "Darling, I love you! There aren't words enough to say how much!"
This guy a bit uncertain says, "There isn't anyone else,
 is there? Oh, no! There's never been anyone but you!
All this wooing might lead to something! 
If you haven't any prospects watch "Pillow Talk" 
for Valentines Day and craft few letters 
for other family members.
Kissing in front of the old school.
 Text, "Jay's lips on mine completed the sentence,
while my heart beat, wildly and my dreams soured up..."

Friday, December 16, 2016

"the first snowfall" stationary

Pictured above is a large corner frame depicting the first snowfall in the mountains. There is a lake below with a tiny fisherman and a log cabin above. A rocky cavern and waterfall between the two finish this mountain landscape sketch. Write a letter surrounded with the illustration.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

snowflakes in shades of blue paper

      This digital paper is free for visitors to use in their personal crafts only. I've created three different colors versions from a vintage snowflake paper. Click directly on the papers to download the largest available sizes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"field of flowers" digital papers

      This digital paper is free for visitors to use in their personal crafts only. I've created three different  colors versions from a vintage end paper, "Field of Flowers" This digital paper comes in: tan, orange and blue. Click directly on the papers to download the largest available sizes.

an enchanting floral frame

Print this enchanting, floral, Art Nouveau frame to enhance a letter to that special someone.
I suggest that you actually print the image out on watercolor paper with a heavy texture; this will
make the print look more like an actual watercolor. 

history of the dennison manufacturing company, part 1

The following article has been edited and pngs. restored from a 1919 resource, originally published by the Dennison Manufacturing Company by K. Grimm

The Founder of the Business.
       The business life of E. W. Dennison from 1844, when he went with his brother Aaron into the box business, until his death in 1886, is practically the story of the Dennison Manufacturing Co. for the same period. In those years he gave every ounce of enthusiasm in him and the best thoughts of an unusually active brain toward the development of the business which he always unselfishly called "Aaron's baby."
       In time of prosperity as well as in times of business trials‚ and there were more of the latter than of the former at the start of things, Mr. Dennison always looked out into the future with a healthy optimism and kept on working.
        His sterling principles of business morality laid down in 1844 have continued to be the Dennison precepts and will so continued as long as the business remained.
       Eliphalet Whorf Dennison was born in Topsham, Me., Nov. 23, 1819, and died at Marblehead, Mass., Sept. 22, 1886. When the company was incorporated in 1878 as the Dennison Manufacturing Co. he became its first president and held that office until his death.
Col. Andrew Dennison's Home, Brunswick, Me.
       The beginnings of our company have been told and retold, but we must make one more record of them for this anniversary book. In 1844 Aaron Dennison, who was then in the jewelry business in Boston, decided that he could make paper boxes better than the imported product. He journeyed to New York, bought a supply of box board and cover paper, and took them to the old Dennison homestead in Brunswick, Me., where his father, Col. Andrew Dennison, lived. There Col. Andrew seated on his cobbler's bench cut out the first boxes made in America, and they were put together and covered by the deft hands of his daughters. The first workshop was in the upper room of the extension between the main house and the barn. In 1920 some Dennison boxes were still being made in that little room by descendants of those who began to work there seventy-five years earlier.
       In the main entrance of the Dennison office building in Framingham sat the old cobbler's bench of Col. Andrew Dennison. Looking at it one is reminded of the tablet to Sir Christopher Wren, the architect, which is in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The tablet said, "If you seek my monument, look about you." So, too, if the work-worn cobbler's bench could speak it would said to those who looked at it, " If you seek a monument to the industry and high ideals of those who began this business, look about you at the great pile of buildings which in 1920 housed over 2600 workers and from which Dennison goods poured out daily to the far corners of the earth."
On this bench the first boxes were made.
       Aron L. Dennison started the box-making business and was responsible for its successful beginning. Then he turned it over to his younger brother, E. W. Dennison. Proudly he watched the younger man develop the sales and manufacturing divisions. He saw the business grow out of the Dennison homestead at Brunswick and seek new quarters; he saw the establishment of stores in the large cities and the taking on of salesmen; he saw countless other items added to the Dennison line. He unselfishly yielded to his younger brother the credit for making the success. E. W. Dennison on his side always acknowledged his debt to Aaron for having begun the enterprise.
       After retiring from the box business, Aaron Dennison devoted himself to the successful development of the machine-made watch. He was called the father of American watchmaking. The later years of his life were spent in England.
       In the old days when they were making boxes in Brunswick they didn't have any time clocks and rules and regulations, and all of the other accessories necessary to the modern factory. If you felt like a piece of pie about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, why you just left your work and got it at a little bakery across the street. When a traveling photographer came along and wanted to take a picture of the "hands," everybody would quit work and stand around the front door. That accounts for the little picture in the "inset" shown here, which was taken in 1870.
       The lower building pictured was the Poland block in Brunswick, in which E. W. Dennison established a box shop on the second floor when his business outgrew the old Dennison barn. About thirty hands were employed there.
       The upper building shown on the Swift block, was another Dennison box shop. It was later operated by E. W. Dennison's capable sister, Mrs. Mathilda Swift.
The man who started the
Box-making Business.
       As more jewelers came to young E. W. Dennison to get their boxes, new quarters had to be found and the business moved into what was known as the " Dunlap block" on Brunswick's main street. There fifty hands were employed and quite a number of men and women still with the concern in Framingham began work in the old Dunlap block. The building was burned on Christmas night, 1879, and was a total loss. Then the block shown just right was erected and Dennison boxes were made there until the box department was moved to the Roxbury factory in 1894.
       The " inset" shows a traveling minstrel show in front of the " old Dunlap block." It was a big night in Brunswick when the "Georgia Minstrels" performed there.
       Aron Dennison and his father had turned out the first boxes by hand, and the instant popularity of the new product brought in orders which taxed the little homestead workshop. Father and son realized that it was production and not orders which would be likely to worry them, so they put their heads together and worked out the first rough box machine. The wooden model of the first machine is shown left, and sitting on top of the model is a paper box made in 1844. The machine was still the standard machine of its kind in all box factories in 1920. Over a score of them are were still use in the box division of the Dennison Manufacturing Co. at Framingham during the early half of the 20th Century.

Above, The Swift Block, Brunswick, Me. Below, The Poland Block, Brunswick, Me. Inset, An Old-time Group.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

history of the dennison manufacturing company, part 2

The New Dunlap Block, Brunswick, Me.
A Model of the First Box

       By 1856 Mr. Dennison had a salesroom and a small-sized factory on the second floor of 163 Milk Street, Boston. This was the successor to two previous salesrooms in Boston, the first opened at 203 Washington Street in 1850, six years after the business started, and a subsequent one at 151 Washington Street. As can be seen from the sign over his warerooms, he was then a "tag manufacturer" in addition to being a "box maker." So out of the old Boston sign, " E. W. Dennison, Tag Manufacturer," became the well-known "Dennison Manufacturing Co., The Tag Makers."
       In the days when Mr. Dennison was in the Milk Street salesrooms he was making small jewelry tags from parchment, stringing them with silk strings. In addition he was manufacturing small cards of white cardboard on which the jewelers displayed brooches, stick pins, cuff buttons and the like. He also sold twine and cotton to the jewelers. This period marks the beginning of the "stepping-out" process, which has always been a Dennison attribute and to which is due the large Dennison line of 1920. It was this desire to add to his line of wares which led Mr. Dennison to the development of his best-known and most useful invention, the shipping tag.
E. W. Dennison's Boston
 Store at 163 Milk Street.
      When E. W. Dennison opened his first Boston salesroom at 203 Washington Street he shared it with H. M. Richards, an Attleboro jeweler. Working for Mr. Richards was a young man named Albert Metcalf, who was a few years Mr. Dennison's junior. Young Metcalf was interested in the growing Dennison line and often helped Mr. Dennison by selling boxes to callers and entering the sales on the " Scratch Book." The acquaintance between the two young men became a warm friendship, and soon a partnership was formed which only death dissolved.
       Mr. Metcalf was active in the affairs of the business up to the time of his death January 2, 1912. He was Mr. Dennison's first partner in 1855 in Dennison &. Co.; was elected treasurer of the Dennison Manufacturing Co., incorporated in 1878, and was one of the incorporators of the new Dennison Manufacturing Co. the industrial partnership in 191 1.
      No other man, with the exception of Mr. E. W. Dennison, has been so closely associated with the company. It was Albert Metcalf's clear thinking and command of detail, coupled with Mr. Dennison's genius and unbounded optimism, which brought the early success.

Above‚ The Boston Store When It Was at Milk and Hawley Streets
Below, The Present Boston Store, 26 Franklin Street

Mr. Dennison's First Partner.

Above, The original New York Office. Below, the store at 5th Ave and 26th St. 1919.
      One morning in the early seventies when the Dennison store in Boston was at the corner of Milk and Hawley streets the truck man who carted the goods in from the Roxbury factory reported that all of his horses were sick. An epidemic had seized thousands of horses in the city and none could be had elsewhere. Finally H. B. Dennison (son of the founder) asked for men to volunteer to pull a truck to Roxbury and back. Twenty-five husky young fellows volunteered and pulled a truckload of tags, labels and boxes from the factory. In the old days they had the same get-together spirit that is so noticeable in the business to-day.
This Machine Turned Out
the First Jewelers' Tags.
      When with the growth of the business Mr. Dennison decided that there should be a headquarters in New York, it was natural that he should look for a location in the jewelry district of Maiden Lane. It was in 1855 that he opened a small office on the second floor of No. 17 Maiden Lane and put in charge of it Mr. Henry Hawkes, who soon afterward became a partner in the concern. Later the New York store was moved to 198 Broadway, and this was the Dennison site until fire destroyed the building in 1901. Then the company built a store at 15 John Street and in 1908 opened an uptown branch at 15 West 27th Street. In 1912 the New York headquarters at 220 Fifth Avenue were established and in 1915 the John Street store was closed.
      W. Dennison started out to sell jewelers' boxes, but his active mind did not permit him to stop there. He saw that the jewelry trade was in need of better tags to mark the rings, bracelets, etc., in their stores, and in 1854 he began to import jewelers' tags. They were an inferior product, however, and Mr. Dennison soon decided to make his own tags. Thus the tag business started in the little Washington Street store, and the tag machine shown on the opposite page was the first one used to die them out.
      Previous to the manufacture of tags for the jeweler Mr. Dennison had started to make the small cards which were used to hold jewelry, at first importing the stock for them and later, as the business increased, buying the stock from the mill of E. Lamson Perkins in Roxbury. These two ventures had an important influence on the development of the business.
      At the same time Mr. Dennison began the manufacture of jewelers' cotton and other findings.

Old Marking Tags and New Ones. 

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

history of the dennison manufacturing company, part 3

View of Dennishon Plant
 at Roxbury.
      The Evolution of the Tag to about 1854 all of the Dennison business was with the jeweler, but the manufacture of jewelers' tags in that year furnished the means for a broadening out of the Dennison enterprise. The use of tags was not confined to jewelers. Woolen mills used tags; so did the retail merchants. Naturally the tags needed for the new uses were made larger and were of stouter stock. When they were first introduced they were not particularly popular, but because they were of good quality and were neatly cut and strung, it was not long before the better merchants began to buy them. Out of the few shapes and sizes of "merchandise tags" grew an immense line of divers shapes and colors used to mark goods in the marts all over the world.
      In the old days before the Civil War shipping tags were called "direction labels." They came from England and were made of linen with folded ends. Only the more progressive shippers used them, however, most merchants made their own "direction labels " out of left-over cardboard. It was a job for the shop boys on rainy days to clip them out. Naturally the home-made tags, and the imported ones, too, for that matter, did not "hold" very well. The result very often was a lost package.

Shipping Tags of 1863 and Those of To-day

Above, One of the Original Tag Machines. It Is Still Running
Below, A New Tag Machine with All of the Latest Improvements
      Mr. Dennison saw the possibilities of a great business in shipping tags which would actually stay on the goods. His inventive mind was alert and in 1863 he patented the idea of reinforcing the hole in the tag with a paper washer on each side. The shipping tag of 1863 is practically the same shipping tag used in 1920. It stood the test of fifty-six years or more. Millions were made and used daily.
      As soon as manufacturers and merchants began to realize the value of the patented Dennison shipping tag, the orders poured in. Mr. Dennison set to work upon a tag machine, and with the assistance of Charles Sawyer, of the Perkins factory, and Charles Moore, of Moore & Wyman, machine builders, the first machine was made. The idea upon which the machine was constructed was so fundamentally sound that all tag machines prior to WWI were based upon the same principle.
      The sales of tags for the first year were about ten million and more than five times that number were sold weekly in 1919.
      At first the tag was used exclusively for shipping, but as the years went on more and more uses were discovered for them. There were just as many " inside " tags used in stores and factory systems as there were used to ship goods. Tags were made in all sizes and in many colors, and were couponed and numbered to suit any requirement.
      The growth of the merchandise tag and shipping tag business made it necessary to have more space for manufacturing. There was no room in the Boston factory on Milk Street for the shipping tag machines, so they were set up in the Perkins factory at Roxbury. As business grew, more and more of this factory was taken, until in 1878 the entire Roxbury plant was purchased and all of the jewelers' cards, merchandise tags and shipping tags were made there. The box business remained in Brunswick until 1894, when it, too, was moved to Roxbury. This was the beginning of the campaign for centralization. It was at the time of the Roxbury plant purchase that the business was incorporated under the name Dennison Manufacturing Co., with E. W. Dennison as president and Albert Metcalf as treasurer.
      Henry B. Dennison, who succeeded his father as president, was an organizer and a believer in system. His first work for thencompany was to open the Chicago branch, and after putting that in good running order he returned to Boston in 1869 to become superintendent of factories. He was elected president in 1886 and resigned on account of ill health in 1892. He died Mar. 17, 1912.
      When Mr. Hawkes opened the New York branch he hired an office boy named Dyer. This boy was taken sick and sent in his younger brother Henry to do his work. The older boy never recovered from his illness and the brother Henry remained with Dennison. He grew to be a man of resource and determination and a limitless capacity for work. He became successively clerk, bookkeeper, traveler, salesman, manager of the New York store, director, treasurer, vice-president and president. He retired in 1906. His death occurred Oct. 19, 1911.
Old and New Gummed Labels

      The next large addition to the Dennison line of manufactures was made in 1865, when several styles of gummed labels were offered to the stationers of the country. In the production of these labels, as in every other instance, the Dennison standard of quality was maintained. W. D. Stratton, a Dennison man and an artist of ability, originated the red bordered label which has become so popular, and for a time the labels were called Stratton's Gummed Labels. After a few years Mr. Dennison purchased Mr. Stratton's rights, and the labels were henceforth called Dennison Gummed Labels. Inasmuch as the main function of a gummed label is to stick, Mr. Dennison insisted that the gumming be the best, and it is due particularly to this quality that Dennison gummed labels and the various other articles now in the adhesives line have found favor with dealers and consumers alike.
      At first most of the labels which were made were of the familiar red bordered variety, but soon the special demands of manufacturers and merchants led to the making of labels printed in various ways for shipping, marking, etc. As the advertising value of gummed labels began to be appreciated the designs became more elaborate.

Above, The Dennison Store Occupied the First Floor at 630 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Prior to 1898
Below, The Present Philadelphia Store at 1007 Chestnut Street

      In 1862 increasing business in Pennsylvania and nearby states caused Mr. Dennison to open a Philadelphia branch. The first salesroom was at 33 South Third Street in a remodeled dwelling, and later more commodious quarters were taken at 630 Chestnut Street.

Above, A Facsimile of the First Roll of " Crepe Tissue Paper "
Below, Some Folds of "Dennison Crepe," the Present-day Product

      Crepe paper seems to be entirely foreign to jewelry boxes and findings, yet its manufacture by Dennison is directly traceable to our business with retail jewelers. In 1871 we began to import from an English paper mill a tissue paper which would not tarnish jewelry and silverware. This same mill made colored tissue paper, and this we also imported, selling it to those who wished to make tissue paper novelties. In the late eighties some one discovered that when tissue paper was " crinkled " it could be used for lambrequins, lamp shades and the like, with much more artistic effect. This led to experiments in making crinkled or crepe paper by machine, and while the first crepe paper came from England about 1892, it was not long before the Dennison Manufacturing Co. was making its own crepe paper the first that was produced in this country.
      Each year new uses for crepe paper have been discovered. The cumbrous machines of a quarter of a century ago, with their annual production of a few thousand folds, have been discarded, and with our modern machinery it is possible to turn out millions of ten-foot folds yearly.

A View of Our Philadelphia Art Department 

history of the dennison manufacturing company, part 4

      In the early nineties, when crepe paper was first introduced, four young ladies in Buffalo, who are known in Dennison annals as the "Heath Sisters," realized its possibilities and began to make all manner of beautiful things with it. The result was that the sisters were invited to visit our various stores and hold demonstrations in the new art. They arrived in Boston and fitted up a section of the Franklin Street store with their display, whereupon the public was invited to come and inspect. People came on foot and in carriages and immediately the new material became popular. New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis were also taken by storm.
      The success of the demonstrations led us to establish permanent Art Departments in our stores, with the sole purpose of educating the public and our Dennison dealers in the use of our products. These Art Departments are always turning out something new with crepe paper, picture binding, sealing wax or some other Dennison item. Visitors often say, "Well, what in the world will you folks make next?" and it is this so often heard remark which has given us our advertising slogan, "What Next?"

Above The Chicago Store when It Was at 155 Dearborn Street
Below Dennison's Present Chicago Headquarters at 62 East Randolph Street

      In 1868 Henry B. Dennison was sent to Chicago to open a store for the convenience of our Western customers. The amount of business procured from the start marked the venture a success. In 1871 the Chicago fire burned out the Dennison establishment, but new quarters were quickly secured and the work of opening up the Western territory proceeded rapidly. Like the other stores, the Chicago store became the center of a sales district, and from it Dennison salesmen covered the Middle West.
      In 1870 there was in Dennison's Boston factory a boy who could cut more tags on the old hand power machines than any other workman. His name was J. F. Talbot, and because of his energy and industry he was selected to accompany Charles E. Benson when the latter took charge of the Chicago store. Mr. Talbot grew with the business and eventually became manager of the St. Louis branch, returning to Chicago to manage the store in that city on Mr. Benson's death in 1886. He was elected fourth president of the company in 1906 and resigned in 1909.
      The fifth president of the company was Charles S. Dennison, the younger son of the founder. He entered the machine shop in Roxbury in 1878 and was transferred to the New York store in 1880. When the London branch was opened in 1884 he was given charge. Recalled from England in 1887 he was made purchasing agent. In 1892 he was elected a director and became successively, vice-president and treasurer. He was elected president in 1909, and held that office for three years until his death, Aug. 22, 1912.

The Original Christmas Tags and Seals and a Few of the Christmas Designs form 1919.
      "If crepe paper is a child of the jewelry division of our business, we might have called our holiday line a grandchild. After the introduction of crepe paper our business around the Christmas holidays began to increase because so many people wanted the paper for wrapping packages. Folks also liked to use our well-made white boxes for gifts, and many a Christmas gift of jewelry found its setting in a Dennison case of leather or velvet. Then in the early years of this century some one said, "Why not make some Christmas tags and seals for packages?" and we did. The first year we had two crude shipping tags printed with holly and a picture of Santa Claus. Our dealers said they were poor and wouldn't sell. The next year we improved the designs and added a Christmas seal or "sticker." That year the demand was so great we could not supply it. Each successive year the line has grown until now it numbers over a hundred items. Since the introduction of the Christmas line similar lines have been introduced for Halloween, the patriotic holidays, St. Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter."

The Framingham Plant when We Moved in 1897

      Just as in 1878 the Dennison business had increased to such an extent that it was forced to buy the Roxbury factory, so in the nineties it began to be cramped in its Roxbury quarters. There was also a Dennison branch factory in Brooklyn, making sealing wax and crepe paper, and a box factory in Brunswick, Me. It was the desire of the directors to centralize all these manufactures, so larger quarters were necessary. The plant of the Para Rubber Company in Framingham (then South Framingham) was in the market, and it was purchased by Dennison. To Framingham, then, in 1897 and 1898, were brought the box makers and tag makers from Roxbury, and later the wax and crepe paper departments from Brooklyn. Located in its new home, the Dennison business again began to grow, and every few years since it was necessary to erect a new building to take care of this steady expansion. At the present time the buildings represent a floor space of 715,000 square feet, or over I6 1/2 acres.

In 1919, the Dennison buildings represented a floor space of 715,000 square feet, or over I6 1/2 acres.