12 Days of Christmas at the American Textile History Museum

We here at the American Textile History Museum like to have some fun and show off our collection. So for this holiday season we’d like to present to you our version of the 12 Days of Christmas. There are many versions of the song but we will to use the version published by Pamela McArthur Cole in 1900 because it was published nearby in Boston. Here’s the version she published in the Journal of American Folklore (Vol. 13, No. 50, Jul. – Sep., 1900).

The first day of Christmas my true love sent to me … an partridge feathered Adolfo beret from the 1960s.

 

The second day of Christmas my true love sent to me … a Smith & Dove Factory postcard taken from a turtle dove’s (bird’s-eye) view.

 

The third day of Christmas my true love sent to me … an apron featuring an appliqued hen.

 

The fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … a colorful bird label from Forbes Co. Boston.

 

The fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … yardage where the repeat is 5(+) golden rings!

 

The sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … geese a laying on my nice warm coverlet.

 

The seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me … squabs-a-swimming in a print by Dan Cooper Design Corporation.

 

The eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … a hound a running with Willimantic Thread.

 

The ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … Bear Brand Cold Weather Sweaters to beat the cold weather.

 

The tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … a suit made out of chicken feathers!

The eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me … lords a leaping in a long jump competition of the American Woolen employees circa. 1920-1925.

 

The twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me … more than twelve ladies dressed for evening and dinner (dancing!) in 1863.

 

We at the museum hope you are enjoying this holiday season! If you are looking for ideas for presents our museum gift shop has tons of books, our HeirLOOM tablecloths and placemats woven in the museum, hand-made fiber arts items, and many other fun gift ideas for that special textile-lover in your life. Come by for a visit!

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