Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 1
   September 2012
 
   From the Collection
 

Ephemera and Advertising

  From the Collection
It is important to understand that when creating a collection, no matter the discipline, there is usually an assortment of ephemera and advertising that not only embellishes the display, but also allows for the history of the objects to be explored in greater depth. Strictly speaking, the word ephemera applies only to items that have short working lives, and it is almost always associated with objects made of paper. Companies use all sorts of means and materials to promote their names. The objects that follow are examples of "the cart following the horse" inasmuch as their inclusion in the Lee Valley collection was meant only to enhance the other items in it.

Simonds brand saws
Part of a shipping crate for Simonds brand saws

Item 1: This was part of a shipping box or crate for a large circular saw. R.H. Smith & Co. (1871-1893) succeeded J. Flint (1856-1871) of St. Catharines, Ontario. Well marked, it advertised Simonds brand saws and appears to be from a 48" diameter saw crate.

  Plumb Co. Axe
  This Plumb Co. axe stand is incomplete; the rods are missing.
Item 2: Missing are the four rods that create the stand to hold the axes. The Plumb Co. produced axes for many years. The trademark is one that was used circa 1920. Note the 5.75 price for a double-bit axe that is written on the unit.
 
 
         
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