According to HGTV's "Collectible Treasures", most needle books are advertising premiums from the 20's through the 50's. Unfortunately they did not tell the whole story. I have seen catalogs which feature them for sale and I have some in my collection that pre-date the 1920's. This collection began with one needle book purchased at a yard sale for less than a dollar. I fell in love with the beautiful graphics and decided to collect them.
In case you are asking yourself, "What is a needle book?", a needle book is literally a booklet of sewing needles. They are made of lightweight cardboard, kind of like the cover of a paperback book, though the older ones do not have the "shine" of today's covers and are made of thicker paper. Their average size is about the same as that of a post card. Inside there are various sized needles and usually a needle threader. The needles are foil-stuck, cloth-stuck, or presented in little packets. They were much prettier than comparable items available to women today. It is amazing to think that at the time, many were giveaways.
Eventually, I will display my entire collection. I hope you enjoy your visit to my museum. I plan to update my exhibit during the first week of each month. Please come back soon!
This site is dedicated to my mother and my grandmother. They did their share of sewing.