Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A 1930s Donnell Grain & Warehouse Match Holder (221)

Some time ago, an item described as “new old stock” came on the market.

It was a1930s advertising “match holder”  given out by the Davis Donnell Grain and Warehouse company, which was a grain buying and storage operation located on the south side of 4th Street just east of the tracks.

“New old stock” is a wonderful phrase describing something manufactured that never sold and sat in storage for a long time--as if in a time capsule. But the time finally arrives when items of that kind are “dug out” and disposed of.

Such is the match holder I purchased and show here. It is “virtually new” in the sense that it is 1930s, but was never used or sold--except to me only recently.