Box for Stitch Mistress Sewing Machine
Box lid is covered with dark red paper, turned under and glued inside edges.
-A. Zahller 7.18.12 The box for this sewing machine notes that it was "A Genero Product". No information on the piece indicates exactly who made the piece or the date of manufacture. Several items on the internet indicate that the machine was made in 1948 and one shows a purchase reciept dated 1950--see object file. In the 1950s a similar Stitch Mitress (see object file) was made by Genero Machine Works in Long Beach, CA. Burke-Mayer & Associates in Los Angeles was the national distributor.
-A. Zahller 7.18.12 Note: Per the RFD this toy sewing machine belonged to Auriel Sandstead/was her toy. Manufactured in 1948, Auriel at the time would have been 25 and it is unlikely that it would have been "her toy". Auriel and Willard's first child Vicki was born in 1947--this may have been purchased by Auriel for Vicki or Auriel may have collected it at some point as a result of her interest in sewing. It is also possible that she used it to sew and as a teaching tool.
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