c1915 Alpursa Chocolate album of 456 cross stitch patterns
A rare find! Early 20th century (1910-1920) album with 456 tiny cross stitch pattern charts printed on small slips of paper– these were included with chocolate bars as a premium, similar to baseball cards with gum! Alpursa Chocolade & Cacao was a Swiss dairy company begun in the 1890s and expanded into milk chocolate in the early 1900s. The tiny charts measure 2 x 2.5 inches and were produced in series of 6 designs of a theme– flowers, angels, geometrics, children. A total of 76 complete series (456 charts). The album measures about 8.25 x 11 inches and 1.25 inches thick at the spine. As is typical of antique patterns, no thread color numbers are suggested and stitch counts are not included.
In excellent condition. The cards are pasted in place (as was intended) so some of the cardstock album pages have very slight warping from the glue. This is an extensive collection with 76 series (there were over 100 in all). Colors are bright and clear and the print quality is very good.
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