Monday, October 3, 2011

New Home Sewing Machines

Here are two 1880s trade cards from Watertown and Cortland, New York.
The New Home Sewing Machine company was formed by William Barker and Andrew Clark in 1882. They continued to manufacture sewing machines under that name until the brand was bought by Janome of Tokyo in 1960. If you want to find out more about the history of sewing machines, check out the website for the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society. You could even attend the 2011 US Convention in Nashville, Oct 14-16, 2011. I posted another trade card recently that showed a similar graphic, with a head bursting through a newspaper. It must have been a trendy graphics technique at the time.



  1. This is cool and when I think of old home sewing machines I usually think Singer!! Lovely post as ever!

  2. I guess 'light running' means you didn't have to be an Amazon to operate the foot pedal...

  3. I love advertising cards....these are great!

  4. I love the old sewing machine tradecards. I am surprised that there aren't many postcards advertising old sewing machines.



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