LePage Mucilage (glue)

Do you remember using this glue in school?

LePage’s Mucilage – popular glue in school

Did you know the first glues created by chemist William Nelson LePage were formed from fish skins. The above LePage’s became a household name throughout North America. Between 1880 and 1887, LePage’s sold 50 million – 50 MILLION – bottles of glue worldwide!

This information is from the book, fascinating canada, a book of questions and answers, by John Robert Colombo, 2011.

William Nelson LePage
Born August 25, 1849, and died September 14, 1919

Seventy years ago Le Page was born in Prince Edward Island. His mother was a great-granddaughter of that Thomas Spratt, who was Bishop of Rochester and Dean of Westminster. As a boy Le Page crossed to the United States, became a chemist, settled in Gloucester, Mass., and there established a factory for utilizing the by-products of fish.

In time he placed upon the market mucilage and glue which bore his name. He became wealthy and in the pages of Harper’s Magazine and in other popular journals of the seventies he initiated advertising campaigns which startled the American public. He is said to have spent a fortune in advertising his product. He was among the forerunners of the great national advertisers of the present time. His success with such an ordinary product as mucilage and glue having inspired other manufacturers of that period to successfully try out the mysterious powers of printers’ ink in marketing their products.

Le Page invented many preserving processes. He invented a holster for a pistol. He invented a rowlock which he sold to Admiral de Gama of Brazil for a small fortune.

from The Cake Lady
1880s ad for LePage’s Glue

LePage was very progressive in his advertising. CLICK HERE for early LePage’s Glue advertising images.

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One More Back-to-School Post

vintage 1940s oak school desk chairLinking the Old with the New

This vintage 1940s oak school desk-chair is probably still remembered by your grandparents, and maybe, your parents. Not particularly comfortable, but they sure did stand the test of time. 

I’m wondering, did they have left-handed ones? Anybody know? Hmmm….

Check out the air-conditioned seat!!! And there was a shelf below to store books you weren’t using. 

 

 

Speaking of books, take a peek at these. They include a 1959 Dick and Jane series titled, “Come With Us.” The New A B C Book” is a motivated Silent Reader and Workbook from 1932! Plus a 1962 “Sally Dick and Jane”  from the New Basic Readers. We’ve noticed that many homeschool teachers/parents stop in looking for these and the old classics of children’s books.

Collectible readers including Dick and Jane

And we’ve added a variety of ‘school accessories.’ Of course, we recognize the stapler and tape dispenser. The Boston Pencil Sharpener Model L is from 1939! More recent Elmers Glue items sit next to an old bottle of Le Page’s Grip Spreader Mucilage. Le Page has been in business for well over 130 years. Here’s a quote from their website:

Our company’s story begins in 1879, when William Nelson LePage invented an industrial glue that was strong, ready-to-use and had a long shelf life. Shortly after, LePage developed a consumer version and expanded his line into other products, including mucilage, an adhesive that’s still widely used today.

School Acessories including Boston Pencil Sharpener, stapler, tape dispenser, LePage's grip spreader mucilage (glue)

Stop by today, whether you’re looking for something special or just want to browse “Nostalgia Lane.” Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!