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Quaker Lace Company photographs

1953 circa 1970
 Collection
Accession: 1995-295

Abstract

Quaker Lace Company was founded by Joseph H. Bromley (1800-1883) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1894. The firm was well known for manufacturing fine lace tablecloths, and during the 1950s, the White House was a customer. Various independent New England silversmiths came together and formed the International Silver Company in 1898. This collection includes three photographs of Quaker Lace tablecloths with one of them accompanied by a letter from the White House. Another photograph is of silverplate and stainless forks along with a press release from the International Silver Company.

Dates

  • 1953
  • circa 1970

Creator

Extent

4 item(s)

General Physical Description

4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8x10 in. 2 items ; letter and press release.

Historical Note

Quaker Lace Company was founded by Joseph H. Bromley (1800-1883) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1894. The textile mill, located at Fourth and Lehigh Streets in Philadelphia, was originally incorporated as Lehigh Manufacturing Company. As the company expanded in the early twentieth century, the name was changed to Quaker Lace Co. The firm was well known for manufacturing fine lace tablecloths, and during the 1950s, the White House was a customer. Business began to decline in the 1960s, and in 1993, it declared bankruptcy and was liquidated the following year.

Various independent New England silversmiths came together and formed the International Silver Company in 1898. Other companies were bought and it soon became a large industrial concern. In 1984, Katy Industries bought International and changed its name to Wallace International Silversmiths. Two years later a subsidiary of Syratech purchased the company.

Scope and Content

One photograph taken in the White House shows a 352 x 83 inch Quaker Lace tablecloth on a table set for a tea. This is accompanied with a letter dated 1953 regarding Mrs. Eisenhower's order. Two photos show Quaker Lace tablecloths with silver trays of caviar; these appear to have been taken for advertisements (circa 1970). There is a photo of six silverplate and stainless forks accompanied with an undated press release from the International Silver Company (circa 1970s).

Location

GL Box 2.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Quaker Lace Company material, (Accession 1992.246), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Separated Materials

Quaker Lace Company records, (Accession 2050), Manuscript and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Quaker Lace Company photographs
Status:
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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