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Vintage Flat Advertising Ribbon, Tape, String ~ Say It With Flowers
Vintage Flat Advertising Ribbon, Tape, String ~ Say It With Flowers
Vintage Flat Advertising Ribbon, Tape, String ~ Say It With Flowers

Material:  papery fiber, likely a cotton base
Color:  greenish yellow, white edges, black script graphics
Style:  flat
Size:  width ~ apx. .25 =  1/4 inch (just a smidgen over)
Age:  1930s - 60s
Origin:  likely made in the USA
Maker:  unknown
Quantity:  more than 200 yards available;  Sold Per Yard

A vintage spool of flat advertising ribbon, likely originally intended for the florist industry but today could be used for all kinds of fun and imaginative purposes.  This specialty ribbon is a pretty greenish yellow color, with white edges and black script graphics reading;  Say It With Flowers.

Online sources state this popular slogan was used by Interflora (FTD) from the 1920s onward.  Since there are no markings, dates or patent numbers evident on the spool it is a little difficult to date specifically, but based on the color, font and highest period of popularity of this type of item, we estimate c. 1930-60.

Per historical information found online, originally this type of  "colorful cotton tying tape was used for candy boxes and bakery packages."  Shortly thereafter it became popular during the period for use in all kinds of other commercial package wrap / tie applications, including haberdashery shops, general stores, mercantiles, dry goods sellers, and florists, etc.  The spool would have been held in a specifically designed countertop cast iron dispenser, with attached cutting blade, and what we think of as ribbon or tape today, was often then referred to as string.

The very heavy cardboard and metal spool does not indicate manufacturer, but the ribbon is very similar to that made by several makers of the period, including Chicago Printed String Co., New England Printed Tape Co., and Victor Printed Tape Co.

This great novelty ribbon is being offered by the yard, cut to order in one continuous length, as possible. Purchased yardage will be removed from the original cardboard & metal roll and shipped at sellers discretion on either a round spool or a flat ribbon bobbin, depending on quantity ordered and shipping method.

Older examples of this flat papery tape ephemera are somewhat hard to find, and old advertising spools are really quite uncommon.

This specialty ribbon is very thin and quite flexible, (likely a cotton base) with a matte appearance and smooth, rather papery texture.  Perfect for use as originally intended, utilitarian as well as decorative embellishment, wrap & finish for flower arrangements and other florist purposes, but also great for packages, gifts, crafts, scrapbooking, card making, projects, dolls, etc.

The ribbon is in excellent vintage estate condition, very strong and stable, with no noted issues visible. Visually the colors and graphics remain extremely vibrant and clear. Please consider, however, that there are likely several hundred yards on this spool, which we have not un-spooled, so something unexpected good arise, however it seems very unlikely as the outer visible layers remain very clean and nice.

Regarding Shipping & Checkout: we can only reflect USPS Priority Shipping Rates through our Cart/Checkout system, however if you wish to make a purchase
totaling LESS than $50.00, and the item(s) is small/light weight, like buttons, ribbon, paper, etc., it is possible USPS First Class mail might be slightly less expensive.  If you would like a First Class quote, rather than using our standard checkout as described below, please email us via the Contact tab on menu at page top, with the item description, quantity and destination and we will gladly supply a cost for USPS First Class mail, at which time a custom Paypal Invoice can be forwarded upon request.
NOTE:  The minimum quantity for purchase is one yard, which is shown in the white Quantity box below, however if you desire a different amount of yardage simply edit the number displayed in the box by typing the required number of yards, from 2 - 200, and then click the Add To Cart button.  The appropriate total for your selected amount of yardage will be calculated and shown on the resulting Invoice.

Vintage Flat Advertising Ribbon, Tape, String ~ Say It With Flowers

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Interesting and Colorful Early Vintage Advertising Ribbon, Tape ~ F T Saidy & Co Oriental & European Novelties Rochester Minn ~ Chicago Printed String Co.

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