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Monday, June 26, 2017
Bishop's Mills Brand Yarn
As you know, some companies come and go .... thus is the case of Bishop's Mills, Inc. They appeared for a short time in the 1951/1952 time frame, and then seemed to fade to extinction. I've collected several of their magazine advertisements, and thus, decided to take a few minutes to check them out.
And, what did I find? Well, not much. No copyright entries, no publications and not a single skein of yarn for sale (past or current), on EBAY.
Bishop's Mills advertised in Modern Knitting and Smart Knitting Magazines.
Here we learn they are a supplier of 'kitten soft' yarns and have a pattern book - Bishop's Young Fashions, Size 2 to 12. Oh ... and what a cute kitten.
Here, in this 1952 magazine advertisement, Bishop's Mills has a Color Styler where you can preview their patterns overlayed with their yarn colors. A bit of an advanced idea for this time period.
This (also 1952) advertisement gives a visual display of the yarn color chart and indicates they have a second pattern book available.
This is a picture of the actual building (230 Fifth Ave, NY) used by Bishop's Mills, which would have been a business suite, and definitely not woolen mills! Perhaps the Dept. No on the pattern books would have been the suite address.
If I were to render a guess, I'd say that Bishop's Mills was a reseller who contracted with actual mills for their supply and simple added their Bishop's Mills label But, then again, I might be wrong. I have quite a few more magazines to make my through and should I learn more, I'll add it here.
If you know anything about this company and would like to share, please comment.