The "Show and Tell" topic for today: vintage needle books, also called "needle cards." They are a fun and inexpensive collectible that can usually be purchased for five dollars or less, although rare examples can be valued much higher. They have fun graphics that depict a variety of topics, from a group of ladies having tea to a rocket ship whizzing through space.
Needle books were produced from the late 1800's into the 1950's. Many of the most colorful and interesting examples you will find are from the 1920's through the 50's.
The shape of the needle book below is known as a "purse" shape
For those of you that haven't seen a needle book up close, here's what they look like inside:
I have a nice little "starter collection" of needle books:
Needle books were often used as advertising items and given away by local businesses such as gas stations, supermarkets and funeral homes to housewives. They would have the address and phone number of the business printed on the book. Others were sold for about 10 cents to 20 cents at "dry goods" (fabric) stores, and variety stores.
A rare Norge needle book from the 1950's currently for sale on Etsy for $23.99:
Let me know if you find any interesting needle books this season when you are out and about!