Thursday, March 20, 2014

Night of Household Items #3:
Vintage snap fasteners

One thing I've become convinced of over the years, other than my contention that there is a last digit of pi, is that you can find snap fasteners in every old house in America. They're in there somewhere. In one of the drawers. Or on a closet shelf. Probably tucked alongside some notions. The next time you go to your grandparents' house, root around in some drawers, and I bet you'll find one of these...

These rust-proof fasteners were made in the U.S.A.

Dorcas Snap
These, meanwhile, were made in England. They are Size 0, which is assume is the smallest you could buy.

Woolco Superior Snap Fasteners
This are Size 1 and were priced at 10 cents. Unlike the first two packages shown, this one has a lot of detailed instructions on the back. I'm guessing most people didn't need them, but it was nice of Woolco to put them on there.

Risdon Snap Fasteners
These 10-cent fasteners came "with the sure-fit hole," the Good Housekeeping seal of approval and a rust-proof guarantee. That's a lot of assurances. They were produced by The Risdon Manufacturing Company of Naugatuck, Connecticut.

UP NEXT: It is ... unspeakable.

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