The featured image is a collection of vintage Havre de Grace folding yardsticks from Chesapeake Lumber Co and Sears plus a ruler from Columbian Bank.
Rulers and Yardsticks
The history of promotional pieces goes way back – like back to the First President of the United States:
Whether a 6″ rule or a yardstick (3′), we’ve all had one or two in our homes and garages. Have you ever wondered WHY rulers and yardsticks have been used for promotions? Maybe this will help:
Havre de Grace Measures
Our ‘casual historian’ has started his collection of rulers and yardsticks. (Of course, he is always looking to add more!) We’ve learned they can carry names of companies, logos, addresses and phone numbers, even slogans. They often came in different colors. Having a container of yardsticks in the corner of a room can be an interesting visual for decorating.
As in all things vintage, there are many collectors of rulers and yardsticks.
If you have any memorabilia you’d like to share with George, our ‘casual historian,’ stop in and chat with him.
Remember, don’t throw the Havre de Grace ‘stuff’ out when you’re cleaning out a home, settling an estate, or just ‘downsizing,’ without checking in with George. Don’t give him cause to cry!!!
Our ‘casual historian’ is always waiting for your stories and any memorabilia you may want to share.