Willimantic Linen Co. trade cards
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Willimantic Linen Co. trade cards

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Willimantic Linen Co.
Title: Willimantic Linen Co. trade cards
Dates: circa 1881
Extent: 1 folder (0.05 Cubic feet)
Identification: MS 2554
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Willimantic Linen Company, located in Willimantic, Connecticut, first manufactured linen cloth, but started to produce cotton thread when its supply of flax was cut off in the 1850s. The company produced spooled thread in a variety of colors, when colored thread was commonly available only in bulk. By 1880, Willimantic Linen Company was the largest cotton mill in the world. The company advertised widely with its chromolithography trade cards, the subjects of which often drew upon current events.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three Victorian trade cards for Willimantic Six Cord spool cotton thread, issued to celebrate the Cotton Exposition of 1881in Atlanta, Georgia. Chromolithography by Hatch Lith Co., New York.


Index Terms

Advertising--United States--19th century.
Chromolithography.
Cotton manufacture--Connecticut--Willimantic.
Cotton thread.
Hatch Lith Co.
International Cotton Exposition (Atlanta, Ga.)
Trade cards (advertising)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of The Nashua Historical Society, 2013.

Processing Information

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.