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Below is a curious message I found on the back of an 1908 antique bathing beauty postcard.  It reads:

“Dear Edna
be sure and send my coat when you send my machine,  got your letter yesterday.  Will write later


Bathing Beauty Postcard Piggy Back Child

1908 Bathing Beauty Postcard with UDB

Bathing Beauty Postcard Piggy Back Bk

What I’m curious about is the type of machine Anna wants sent thru the mail.  The time period and gender of the sender suggests perhaps a sewing machine.  However, peddle sewing machines were quite large.  Was the post office in 1908 equipped to mail an item the size and weight of a sewing machine?

Could there be another machine small enough to mail thru the post office?  What do you think?

Be sure to stop back on August 16th when I share an exciting find for my personal postcard collection.


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Standard  Sewing Machine Puzzle Trade Card

Victorian Trade Card advertising the Standard Sewing Machine for W. Hughs of Iowa City, IA

I’ve got this puzzle novelty Victorian trade card for sale, and decided maybe I should include its solution in the description.  However, with slight embarrassment, I admit to being able to solve only parts of it.  I am asking my blog readers for help. 

The pictures represent words.  To solve this puzzle, put them together to form a phrase connected to the Standard Rotary Shuttle sewing Machine.  Go ahead, have some fun solving it.  I will be very grateful.  For those who wish to solve this puzzle on their own, don’t read the comments.

Or maybe I should leave the solution out of the description?

You can find more great victorian trade cards with great advertising and graphics in my store.

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Suplee Needle Trade CardI found out something very cool.  The inventor of the easily threaded sewing needle advertised on this die-cut fan Victorian trade card was a woman!  I had assumed there were no women inventors at the turn of the century (how backwards thinking of me).  Her name was Hannah G. Suplee, wife of a sewing machine salesman.






Impractical Female Occupation

Hannah was an inventor during a time when such an occupation was considered impractical for a woman.  You see, inventions by women didn’t generally pay that well.  Royalties and profits for many women weren’t realized.  That is because they either didn’t file patents for fear of being viewed a failure if it was known a women was the brains behind the invention, or they sold it outright and cheap to a man who took advantage of them.  Women that did file patents did so under their male lawyer’s name.  Geez, the modern day women’s activist would have a field day with this situation.

Hannah’s Inventions

Hannah was one that did file patents, but under her male lawyer’s name.  I was able to find listings for four of her patents:

  • Easily Threaded Sewing Machine Needle, no. 94924 granted on Sept. 11th, 1869
  • Improvement in Sewing Machines (together with John H. Mooney), no. 115,656 granted on June 6th, 1871
  • Pattern and Lining for Garments, no. 250,998 granted on Dec. 13th, 1881
  • Abdominal Supporter, no. 500,356 granted on June 27th, 1893

Hannah exhibited her inventions at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.  A few women inventors came away from that exposition an outstanding success.  I couldn’t find out if Hannah was one of those women.  Hopefully she made enough money off her inventions to escape the dire economic situation many women inventors faced. 

You can find many more Victorian trade cards with great graphics in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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