features a woman sewing an American flag back in 1910.
A lovely scene in itself,
but one that is so foreign to me.
I'll explain later.
I did do the flag thing before,
when I spoke about the Red Ensign,
which has survived since then,
standing proudly in my livingroom despite two cats;
I also talked about the French Canadian rebellion of 1838.
So I believe I'm done with this topic [for now].
"de fil en aiguille",
I'll thread my way through these following vintage pictures
and share with you various details I found on the web
and a few personal things as well.
While researching the archives of the McCord Museum,
I came across this:
"The Wheeler & Wilson & Singer Sewing Machines".
What started with Allen B. Wilson who patented many innovations in the field
and Nathaniel Wheeler as administrator back in the mid 1800s,
they won many prizes in various exhibits in Europe and North America.
They were based in Connecticut,
and they were eventually taken over by a competitor,
First known as I.M. Merritt Singer & Co in 1851,
first established by Isaac Merritt Singer and Edward Clark,
then Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865,
then The Singer Company in 1963.
Its first large factory for mass production was in New Jersey in 1863,
but the company is based in Tennessee,
according to Wikipedia...
An interesting find on Wikipedia,
the Singer Building in Manhattan completed in 1908,
was 47 stories high and the tallest building in the world from 1908-1909.
It was commissioned by Frederick Bourne
and designed by architect Ernest Flagg!!!
The building was demolished in 1968.
Here's a 1930 vintage picture
of men moving a Singer sewing machine in Montreal.
My mom had a singer sewing machine,
a portable one in a green case.
Never saw her using it though.
And her needle work was anything but spectacular...
But having a Singer sewing machine was a common thing for Quebeckers.
Since the mid 1800s,
there was a baby boom (La Revanche des Berceaux) to avoid being wiped out by assimilation,
and making clothes for large families was a necessity,
along with mending and adjusting those clothes for the next child [und so forth...].
Clothes had to be durable!!
Being fashionable was perhaps not a major concern for many...
Here's a 1954 advertisement,
for the nostalgic ones among you.
Time for those who wish it to pick up the thread at
where others will prick your curiosity.
Men also did some sewing of their own!!!
What did I keep from my mom's sewing kit?
A pair of scissors,
a "Dean" measuring tape [that's made in England],
and a thimble that says
"Hotel Cyr, St Leonard, New Brunswick".
That last one I find is an odd promotional article,
but maybe it was a hot item back then?!?
The source says that this hotel was built by Charles L. Cyr in 1904
and [only] opened in 1911[???].
The view above dates back to about 1915.
It burned down in 1919 and was quickly[???] rebuilt.
It burned down again in 1965.
[As far as I can tell...]
What do I keep in my sewing box?
Just a bunch of buttons from clothes now long gone in general.
Sewing is not really my thing.
Just to give you an idea:
I'm the kind of guy that buys that tape to hem my pants,
you know the kind that you iron on so it'll melt and hold the fabric together!?!...
I'm THAT KIND of guy...