A Miner Forty-Niner and his Blue Jeans

DSCF2760Randy Taylor will recognize this advertisement for Coats’ thread. I bought it yesterday at the Chico Bottle Show. I don’t collect bottles, but I think they are interesting and pretty, so I stopped by the show.

What I do like, and will buy occasionally, are vintage greeting and advertising cards, and Randy has some of those too.

Isn’t this a great image? J & P Coats (later Coats & Clark), used many images that highlighted the strength of their thread: hauling boats, stringing a bow, muzzling a dog. They also liked cute pictures of babies, puppies and kittens (and who doesn’t?)

Here we see the typical Forty-Niner, red flannel shirt, leather boots, pistol and all, in camp patching his blue jeans with J&P Coats Best Six Cord thread.

I am going to put this in a little frame and hang over my sewing machine. It’s the perfect image for a seamstress and a writer of northern California history.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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3 Responses to A Miner Forty-Niner and his Blue Jeans

  1. I was out walking around and yacking Nancy. I am sorry I missed you. I am glad you found something. I have always loved the thread trade cards facinating. I have even toyed with collecting them. Enjoy and thanks.

  2. nancyleek says:

    If you come across any more of those thread cards, let me know.

  3. John Gallardo says:

    The Stansbury Home, W. 5th St. and Salem, has a sewing thread cabinet, with “J. and P. Coats “embossed on the back. No doubt it came from a dry goods store in Chico when it was going out of business, or moving on from the sewing thread business. Miss Angeline Stansbury used the flat/shallow drawers to keep her art papers in. -John Gallardo

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