Last Friday morning, my mom and I noticed an estate sale just a block away from my parents’ house so we walked over to see what it was like. Mom picked up a few sugars and creamers, and I came home with a couple of interesting finds.
The woman who lived in this house was a needlepointer, it seems, as there were some tapestries/canvases for sale. I found only one box of yarn, though. The two white skeins are Columbia-Minerva Featherweight Knitting Worsted. There’s no yardage listed, but each weighs two ounces.
The blue is Bucilla EVER-FAST Tapestry Wool. There are 15 skeins, 40 yards each in a denim blue (Color #1999). Also in the box was a receipt dated April 16, 1963, and the skeins were priced 45 cents each. Guess where the yarn was originally purchased?
Dayton’s! I knew department stores used to sell yarn, but this is the first I’ve seen evidence of this for Dayton’s. Too cool. (And check out that old-style phone number!)
Now, as for the cooties part of the post. Rest assured, I didn’t find evidence of moths, but I’ve put the white wool into a ziploc and the blue tapestry wool box is separate from the rest of my stash until I decide what to do with it.
Yup, the other thing that came home with me was an old Cootie game. All the pieces and game die are intact. I didn’t realize until I looked at the game box top that the original company was based in Robbinsdale, MN. Dr. Toy’s Toy History explains:
Herb Schaper, a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office, whittled the first COOTIE out of wood in 1948. In the first years, Schaper built, by hand, 40,000 wooden COOTIE games. Three years later, more than 1,200,000 were produced with the aid of machinery. By 1978, COOTIES 30th birthday, more than 30 million COOTIE games had entertained children worldwide. Milton Bradley [Company, now Hasbro] acquired COOTIE and other Schaper classics in 1987.
Based on my memory of the game box from when I was young, I’m not sure the 1987 date is correct. And what’s more, the history information at Hasbro’s website shows that MB was acquired in 1984, so perhaps it is a typo for 1978? Anyway, there is a bit more information about Cootie available at the Hennepin History Museum. This older plastic version is much more colorful than the version I played. I also wonder if any wooden versions of this game still exist?