Sunday, March 22, 2015

ABC Book of Crocheted Edges by Asmus Bradley

I'm slowly working my way through the The ABC Book of Crocheted Edges and Corners - No 2.   This book is one of 5 that was published by the Asmus Bradley Company during the 1920's.

Usually, the leaflet styled pattern books were published in promotion of a specific line of threads or yarns.   And, typically, the books were from the brand name itself.  You know, Spool Cotton, Botany Brands, Etc.    The makers of yarns and threads, at the store level would have pattern books.  The ladies would not only buy the pattern books, but their recommended materials as well.

In this line of thought, I started wondering ... Who was Asmus Bradley Co.?   This led me on a two and a half hour internet search project entitled ... how I spent my Sunday morning.   And, what did I learn?   Well, not much.  Apparently the Asmus Bradley Co. was ran by an individual named Charles E Bradley.   I could find no real estate ties to them, other than renting of the fifth floor of a building at 208 W Monroe, Chicago IL.  The business trade was listed as Art, Needlework Materials and Fancy Linens.   They had copyright notices for their pattern books, as well as some reference to tatting shuttles.  But, no manufacturing.   So, my current guess is Asmus Bradley was a retailer, selling art supplies to the ladies of the times and published books as self promotion.   Again, this is just a guess on my part.   To try and substantiate, I've sent an Email off to D.M.C. asking them if there was any other relationship between them.  (I've also asked for their recommended equivalent guide for the No 40 Six Cord Cotton).  

All that aside, let me get back to this book -- The ABC book of Crocheted Edges and Corners.   It's a quite nice book with 18 pages; 16 of which are individual patterns for crochet edges and corners (just as you might suspect).  


Awhile back I made a decision not to sell edging patterns, and since that time have been placing them in a Google Plus Photo Album called Crochet Edgings and Insertions for anyone to access or use.   If you'd like to see the patterns 'closer up', you are welcome to visit the album.   Patterns are in alphabetical and then numerical order.  

Okay, time for me to get back on track.
Thanks for dropping by.

Lorrie

P.S.   I'll update this post should I receive an answer from D.M.C.   (Not often, but once in awhile these companies do answer).  

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