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Thimble display event coming to Peace Garden

August 16, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

What's in a thimble?

Not much thought is given to a thimble other than it is a tool used for pushing needles through fabric, when sewing on a button or hemming a garment or quilt. However, thimbles are much like a history book. They tell stories of president's slogans, British Monarchs and many other moments in history. Thimbles have been with us as long as the Egyptian pyramids.

Mary Smith of Deloraine, Manitoba started collecting thimbles in 1978 after receiving a gift of two Chinese thimbles. The collection has grown immensely, as has the value. The thimbles are made from many different materials including gold, brass, sterling silver, ceramic, leather, wood, steel and porcelain.

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Mary Smith stands with a number of thimbles in he thimbles keepsakes display, wihich will be shown the at the International Peace Garden during the “Quilt, Button and Thimble Display” on August 17 & 18

One thimble has a Herbert Hoover's Presidential slogan, "Hoover, Home and Happiness", while another has a picture of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. There are children's thimbles with nursery rhymes painted on them and others with magnets on the end to collect pins. Give- away thimbles were great advertising gimmicks. After World War II, plastic thimbles were all the rage, advertising companies like Watkins and Coca Cola.

Mary has done lots of "horse trading"; she has scoured antique shops and garage sales and yes, even attended a thimbles collector's convention in search of her unique thimbles.

Mary will have her "Thimble Keepsakes" on display at the International Peace Garden during the "Quilt, Button and Thimble Display" on August 17 & 18, the same weekend as the International Country Gospel Festival.

The weekend will also feature an Irish Sunday Buffet, served from 11:00- 2:00 with such delights as Pork Loin stuffed with apple sauce, Irish Beef Stew, salad & dessert.

Sunday August 18 at 1:00 p.m., Mary will be providing visitors with a presentation about her wonderful thimble collection.

 
 

 

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