the ring-spinning fairy

ring spinnerThe ring spinning fairy arrived on my desk this morning, in all her art nouveau glory. Who knew cotton production could be so majestic?

We have over 30 of these boxes in the stores, most of them full of tiny little ring travellers for cotton spinning (which, sadly, in real life, don’t have tiny wings). This particular box will probably find its way to another museum in greater need of paraphernalia from Cook & Co. Manchester Ltd. For the moment, though, I’m enjoying its presence on my desk. Much as I mistrust capitalism, period marketing design is fabulously evocative.






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