Six colors of thread from Mae's Millinery Shop

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Compiled by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Medium
cotton thread, plastic, wood, and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (2010.6.68.1): 1 7/8 x 1 5/16 x 1 5/16 in. (4.8 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm)
H x W x D (2010.6.68.2): 1 3/4 x 1 5/16 x 1 5/16 in. (4.4 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm)
H x W x D (2010.6.68.3): 1 3/4 x 1 11/16 x 1 5/8 in. (4.4 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm)
H x W x D (2010.6.68.4): 1 1/4 x 1 x 1 in. (3.2 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm)
H x W x D (2010.6.68.5): 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (0.6 x 14.6 x 3.5 cm)
H x W x D (2010.6.68.6): 7/16 x 3/4 x 3/4 in. (1.1 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm)
Type
spools
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1941-1994
Description
Six different colors of thread in different fibers. A wooden spool with black cotton thread (.1) with blue and red stamped ink manufacturer's information that reads on one end, "THE GARDINER HALL JR. CO. / MANUFACTURERS / SIX CORD / WILLINGTON / CONN. U.S.A." and on the other end, "HALL'S BEST / SPOOL 50 COTTON / SIX CORD / 500 YARDS / TRADE MARK." A yellow plastic spool with bright blue mercerized cotton thread (.2) has no labels. A black plastic spool with bright green cotton thread (.3) has no labels, and a sewing needle is stuck through the spooled thread. A wooden spool with light teal mercerized cotton thread (.4) with green stamped ink manufacturer's information that reads on one end, "BELDING CORTICELLI RICHARDSON / MERCERIZED COTTON / SIZE A" and on the other end, "MERCERIZED COTTON / FAST TO BOILING / 70 YDS. / SHADE 1413." A skein of salmon pink mercerized cotton six-ply thread (.5) with two black paper bands, one at each end, with gold stamped text that reads on one band, "American Thread Co. / STAR SIX STRAND / EMBROIDERY COTTON / 8 YARDS," and on the other band, "PULL SKEIN / DO NOT REMOVE BANDS / PULL THE LOOSE END / 1025 5c / FAST COLOR WILL BOIL." A metal sewing machine bobbin with bright orange mercerized cotton thread (.6).
Topic
African American
Business
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.
Object number
2010.6.68.1-.6
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Crafting-Artistic-Image-making
Exhibition
Power of Place
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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