Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Do you have any Wooden Yardsticks?

I found some wooden yardsticks in my father's shop.  I thought they were neat so I brought them home to clutter up my shop for a couple of years.  I recently took a closer look at them and realized these things are interesting pieces of history.

Companies used these yardsticks as promotional items with their logos and catchy slogans printed on them.  I still see stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Ace Hardware selling these today.  Their accuracy is somewhat debatable and I would only use them for rough measurements, but I like having these older ones on display.  There are even some yardstick collectors out there!

I have one from Weir's Furniture on Knox Street in Dallas, Texas that is actually 48" long.  Hmm, would you still call that a yardstick?  I have no idea how this yardstick from Dallas ended up in my father's shop.  I will have to share these pictures with the people at Weir's Furniture.  They still have a store on Knox Street and I think they might enjoy seeing this.

The smaller yardstick that is actually 36" long is from McCrory's, McLellan, Green and Save.  A quick google search reveals that this was a chain of five and dime stores based in York, Pennsylvania.  You can read more about that here,  Again, I have no idea how this yardstick ended up in my father's shop in Georgia.

Do you have any antique wooden yardsticks laying around your shop?  If so, I would love to see them.  Send me a picture on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.  Also, look up the company to see if they are still in business, because I bet they would love to see a piece of their history.

Don't be surprised if you find yourself scratching your head and wondering how these wooden yardsticks ended up in your shop too!

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