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Gotham needle packet from the Rock Rest Tourist Home

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Gotham  Search this
Distributed by:
Knickerbocker Rug Cleaners, American, founded 1892  Search this
Owned by:
Clayton Sinclair, American  Search this
Hazel Sinclair, American  Search this
Subject of:
Rock Rest Tourist Home, American, 1948 - 1976  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product) and metal
H x W x D: 2 1/16 × 1 5/16 × 1/16 in. (5.2 × 3.4 × 0.2 cm)
Place collected:
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States, North and Central America
Place purchased:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place made:
Japan, Asia
A packet of nine Gotham needles found in drawer C of the Singer cabinet table from the Rock Rest Tourist Home. The packet is primarily constructed from black folded paper with labels adhered to the front and back of the folded packet. The label on the front has a white background. At the center is a black-and-white illustration of a woman wearing a crown with an attached veil inside a hatched, oval shaped frame. Surrounding the illustrated portrait is a larger, red frame with light blue fill and accented with illustrations of red, six petal flowers and leaves. A white banner above the portrait has centered black text that reads [GOTHAM]. A red banner that overlays the bottom of the portrait has black outlined white text that reads [SILVEREY’D]. Printed in white, inside a black oval frame near the bottom is the needle gauge, [3/9]. Black text printed above and below the gauge reads [SHARPS] and [MADE IN / OCCUPIED JAPAN]. The off-white label adhered to the back of the packet features red printed text that reads [KNICKERBOCKER / RUG CLEANERS / 2110 MARYLAND AVE. / BELMONT 3300]. The front of the packet lifts to uncover an interior paper pocket with nine silver tone sewing needles of various sizes inserted into the paper holder inside the pocket. The interior pocket has top and bottom flaps for easy removal of the needles.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc.
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown – Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Rock Rest Tourist Home Collection
Tools and Equipment-Domestic
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture