City of Moorabbin Historical Society (Operating the Box Cottage Museum), Ormond
A printed paper booklet with 64 pages of knitting and crochet patterns, instructions, photographs bound by 2 metal staples
Gladys Reed was a member of the Ormond Choral Society c 1950. who performed plays and musicals the City of Moorabbin and she was skilled in hand knitting, crochet and dressmaking. Her garments were used by her family and the Ormond Choral Society .
Patons' & Baldwin Ltd began as two separate companies: J & J Baldwin and Partners, founded in the late 1770s by James Baldwin of Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, and John Paton Son & Co., founded in 1814 by John Paton of Alloa, Scotland. Both men had formed their businesses using the spinning mule developed by Samuel Crompton. They mainly produced yarns for commercial knitting machines. The two companies merged in 1920 and diversified into producing wool for home knitters, as well as publishing knitting patterns under the "Patons Rose" and "Baldwins Beehive" trademark. By the mid-1930s, the company had establishments across Scotland and Northern England, Canada, New Zealand, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. The company branched out into various related lines of business, and the development of new products such as nylon and Terylene. In 1961, the company was merged with J & P Coats Ltd. The Patons trademark is still in use today.The yarn production facility at Alloa was closed in 1999 and the large factory in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia,closed in 1997.
In 1952 J. & P. Coats and the Clark Thread Co. merged.and in 1961 a merger with Patons and Baldwins created Coats Patons. In 2015 the business returned to the market as "Coats Group".
Patons' knitting books have been used by hand knitters in many countries since they were published early in 20thC Gladys Reed and other residents of the City of Moorabbin used these pattern guides to make clothing for their families and community c1950
Inscriptions & Markings
Front Cover ; UNIVERSAL/ KNITTING BOOK / SIXTH / ED / ITION / PRICE / NINE / PENCE / Photo of lady knitting / Trade Mark / JOHN PATON, SON & CO. / BRANCH OF PATONS & BALDWINS LTD. / ALLOA / LONDON, MANCHESTER / MELBOURNE / MONTREAL
Written top right ; G Reed
Back Cover ; Trade Mark / Registered / THIS TRADE MARK / IS YOUR GUARANTEE / WHEN BUYING / PATONS' ALLOA / KNITTING WOOLS