I started the search in the newspapers ...
The concept for these needles were the brainchild of designer Jeanne Damon, who, as they story goes, experimented with whittled down broomsticks. Ultimately, Reynolds Yarn Co. manufactured a lightweight aluminum version and Jumbo Jets became a 1960's rage.
A number of these patterns are listed in the shop.
The advertising for the product, as well as the patterns were a bit out of the norm. The advertisements were written as newspaper articles, typically including a promotion for an individual pattern within the book and a retelling of the Jumbo Jets story. This continued between late 1966 and 1968. Then, the scene went quite.
I've not (yet) researched Reynolds Yarn Co. (as to whether they actually had a mill, or were a rebrander), but they went out of business and their copyrights expired in the late 1970's, which brought on a whole 'other' line of Big Needles from other suppliers.
Oh ... to go back to where I started: The needles came in two sizes, and there was a jumbo crochet hook as well -- for finishing the edges of your garments.
Jumbo Jets Equivalent is a size 50 knitting needle.
Reynolds billed them as: "The worlds widest needle have a 1 inch span and are fueled by up to six skeins of yarn". Both Susan Bates and Lion make needles in this size. I'd imagine there are a number of others as well.
Here's a fun read with tidbits of history, should you have a few minutes to read.
Hope you enjoyed the snapshot of history.
Thanks for dropping by.
Thank you. I enjoy researching and putting together these posts and I'm also happy to hear that someone actually reads them. (You know, I'm not in here talking to myself!).ReplyDelete
Hi Lorrie! Thanks so much for your blog, I stumbled across it while doing research for an essay for my history class and I've been enjoying reading through it. You've probably saved my final history grade so thank you so much!ReplyDelete
Hay VKC: I certainly enJOYed seeing my old friend Jeanne Damon’s name in your article and read her astonishingly unique artist story in print. Thank you for researching and taking the time to publish your important-to-me words.ReplyDelete