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Media type: advertisement
Museum Number: Portfolio 27, Folder 26b
Annotation: Sewing machine advertisement After Elias Howe patented his lock stitch sewing machine in 1846, dozens of sewing machine manufacturers flooded the American market with names like Grover & Baker, Weed, Shaw & Clark, and I.M. Singer and Co. In the face of such intense competetion, prices for sewing machines rapidly declined, precipitaing bankruptcies and mergers of sewing machine companies until the only the more commonly known household names of White and Singer remained active manufacturers.