- Hand painted Childrens
Hickory Garters sign (expersonal collection of Richard
(Smitty) Axtell). Hickory was a
brand named used by A. Stein and Company of Chicago, Illinois.
The company was established in 1887 and continued in business
well into the 20th century. Garters were employed to hold up
long stockings worn by girls and boys (one is shown near the
lads right hip). This sign was evidently made
by a retailer and hung in a clothing store rather than outside,
thus accounting for its undamaged condition. Background
appears to be a form of early fiberboard. Amusing image
calculated to attract attention. Probably dates to 1920's. 24"
L x 11 1/2" H. (CD-22)
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