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Entries Tagged as 'Brand History'

Boise Paper Not Interesting Without the Cascade Tree

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Perhaps one of the better paper brands was Boise Cascade. It, according to the Boise website, became a craft paper brand in 1958 in Wallula, Washington. Over the years, the brand grew, with plants across the country. It was tied together, with all sorts of other lumber businesses, into a great big Boise Cascade company […]

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Idea: Local Brands as Economic Development Facades

November 15th, 2012 · No Comments

PALMETTO – Across the U.S., there is no shortage of run-down small and medium-sized towns that used to be far more prominent than they once were. Through most of the 20th century, these towns and small cities often had regional brands connected to them, the most prolific being agricultural produce brands. In truth, brand differential […]

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History of Hills Horse Meat

June 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

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So this is one brand that we don’t want to see back on the shelves. Back then, pet food was sold both for dogs and cats. While we’re not sure Horse Meat would sell (and its apparently not legal in the U.S.) the dual use pet food might be interesting. Hill’s was based in Topeka […]

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Remembering Interwoven Socks

May 27th, 2011 · 12 Comments

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Remember Interwoven Socks? They were one of the nation’s top sock brands, and were part of Kayser-Roth. This ad is from a 1968 Esquire, but by the mid 1970s, Interwoven was known for much more, including the John Newcombe tennis brand. Interwoven was part of Kayser-Roth, which still exists in North Carolina, and makes the […]

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Classic Brands: Jack Tar Marine Paint

March 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments

We came across another great old brand. Jack Tar Marine Finishes marine paint. It’s made by BLP Mobile Paints of Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile Paint Company made “Southernized” coatings in Mobile, Alabama’s waterfront district. They developed special formulas for the “subtropical” region and still have a “Caribbean Division.” Mobile Paint Company eventually bought Mobile  Varnish […]

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Ronson Flints: Great American Lighter Brand

December 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

We were thinking of great brands related to lighters. Of course there is Zippo, which has done an aggressive and smart job of keeping an anachronistic brand alive at a time when folks don’t smoke as much as they used to. One other brand is Ronson, the flint and lighter fluid company, which we read […]

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History of Dritz, a Great Sewing Brand

August 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At home, in a sewing kit, I noticed a handy little brand many have forgotten is still around. Dritz. It’s part of the great pantheon of sewing brands, some over a century old. Brands like Singer, The McCall Pattern Company, Coats & Clark and Talon Zipper. And of course there is Sears Kenmore; read about […]

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Shark Repellent Branding History

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

SARASOTA – At the Mote Marine Aquarium here, there is a small cabinet of shark repellent brands. During World War II, the Navy tried to come up with ideas, and numerous brands were launched. They didn’t survive. Apparently, certain copper compounds do chase away sharks, but there has never been a definitive product that proved […]

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America’s Six Best Pen Brands

July 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Pens are important, and so is penmanship, though I don’t have the handwriting I wish I had and wish I had taken courses with the Marion Richardson series. That being said, I do like writing by hand, and like different pens for different things. And I like a fountain pen, though not the expensive ones […]

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Need Some Hollingshead Wax for That Olds Cutlass?

July 15th, 2009 · 13 Comments

CAMDEN – We love the odd old brands. And one brand that could have been Armor All was Whiz Hollingshead. Whiz Hollingshead made all sorts of waxes and fluids for cars, as well as other products. The company was sort of the S.C. Johnson of the East Coast; their main product was Whiz Floor Wax. […]

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Tags: Brand History · Regional Brands