Happy Fourth of July!

For your picnic, barbecue, or just to drape about the house, here are some patriotic crepe paper decorations for the Fourth of July from Dennison Manufacturing Co.

If You’re Planning A Party . . .

One of the fascinating things about the Libraries’ trade literature collection is that it not only showcases companies from the past in American industry, but it can also trace the development of companies that still exist today.

Christmas in July?

The snow seems very far away in all this heat, but why not celebrate a little Christmas in July? —Elizabeth Periale Image: Harper's Weekly, 1869. Related: Xmas in July Christmas Displays, Garrison-Wagner Company, St. Louis, MO, 1955

Decorated in Red, White, and Blue . . .

. . . this hall took about $15.00 to complete, according to the caption of this illustration from The 1917 Party Book by Dennison Manufacturing Co.  Besides American flags and crepe paper, foliage is used to create a “full soft result.”  There are flower garlands with poppies, daisies, and cornflowers as well as evergreen trees and green hanging foliage throughout the hall.  The 1917 Party Book by Dennison Manufacturing Co. is located in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library.  More images from this catalog and others in the Trade Literature Collection can be found on the Galaxy of Images. Happy Fourth of July! —Alexia MacClain Dennison Manufacturing Co., Framingham, MA.  The 1917 Party Book, 1917, Patriotic Hall Decoration.

The 4th of July is Coming . . .

Dennison Manufacturing Co., Framingham, MA.  The 1917 Party Book, 1917, pages 6-7, Patriotic table decorations. To get in the spirit we are featuring some patriotic decorations from The 1917 Party Book.  There are lots of parades on the Fourth of July, but have you ever wondered how floats have changed over the years? The 1917 Party Book gives us a glimpse into possible floats or decorated cars from 1917. One car is decorated in a red, white, and blue theme but also has a tire wreath of flowers.  Another car is decorated with yellow and white roses along with a huge butterfly. The 1917 Party Book also includes ideas for decorating tables in specific holiday themes. One of these holidays is the Fourth of July. The main theme for the Fourth of July is, of course, red, white, and blue, but there are also American flags, eagles, and stars adorning the tables. Crepe paper, ribbons, and streamers are some of the materials used to decorate the tables.  The Trade Literature Collection at more »

Rabbits and Chickens . . . and Butterflies

Dennison Manufacturing Co., Framingham, MA.  The 1917 Party Book, 1917, Easter gifts ; basket ideas. From Valentine’s Day to the 4th of July, The 1917 Party Book, a trade catalog by the Dennison Manufacturing Company, includes ideas for holiday and party decorations. One of these holidays is Easter . . . Flowers and chickens decorate an Easter table. Chicken cut-outs are attached to favor boxes which are decorated with violets and a bow. A large hat box decorated with crepe paper and ribbon is the centerpiece. That’s how one of the Easter tables is decorated. The other Easter table is decorated with crepe paper, flowers, and ribbon made to look like butterflies. The 1917 Party Book also gives suggestions for “Easter Gifts That Are Easily Made.” Making a telephone screen or picture frame are just two of the ideas, and the Easter wrapping paper decorated with rabbits and chicks complete the gifts.  But that’s not all. A yellow butterfly and spring flowers—Easter lily, roses, tulips, and more—are also shown in the more »

Party Decorations

In 1917, those wanting ideas for party decorations could turn to The 1917 Party Book from the Dennison Manufacturing Company of Framingham, Massachusetts.  Included are ideas for hall and table decorations, costumes, gifts, and more. The Valentine’s Day tables are shown decorated with hearts, roses, silhouettes, and Cupids. And the suggestions for decorating a Valentine Hall include using crepe paper, fringe, and garlands of roses. Ideas for other holiday decorations, such as St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and the 4th of July, are also included. The 1917 Party Book and other trade catalogs from the Dennison Manufacturing Company are located in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library.—Alexia MacClain

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