Posts Tagged ‘Sheffield’

Johnson Rag

February 1, 2015

This could sound like some kind of cleaning product. Let’s just say it isn’t. I’m not sure that Johnson Rag is a particularly well known Glenn Miller performance. I have a number of CDs and it doesn’t appear on them. But I also (and there’s no surprise about this) have quite a collection of good old 78rpm Glenn Miller records which I assume date back to the 1940s. Johnson Rag is on the other side of ‘Yes my darling Daughter’. Here’s the record label image002 Yes it’s on the HMV label And yes, it is a good tune. You can hear some of it by clicking the link below.

I’m sorry that my Dulcetto gramophone can sound a bit tinny. – I have never used it  to showcase a record before. It’s probably the wind up gramophone I have that is nearest in age to Glenn Miller’s recording. Even so it is from the 1920s rather than the late 30s or 40s. Sometimes little coincidences happen and finding this record brought a smile to me. It was the combination of record and the sleeve it was in that did it – so here’s the sleeve. image004 It’s in a sleeve provided by Hobson and Allen of Sheffield. The simple amusement I got is that I have a niece with surname Johnson who lives in Sheffield. A Johnson record in a Sheffield sleeve just seemed fitting.

Mother in Law’s Pinking Shears

January 18, 2014

Do people use them any more? Pinking shears probably used to be an item in many a sewing box. I recall that my mother had a pair, but my mother in law’s survive. For yes, my wife is almost as much of a hoarder as me.

The box exists too, but isn’t in tip top condition.


And here are the scissors with their pretty green handles.


This pair of pinking shears is very chunky, but about the size of normal household scissors. You might see that the blades have a ridge and furrow cutting edge. In use it produces a cut like this.


The question is, ‘why?’

It seems they were used to make this zigzag cut along the edge of seams that always exist when two bits of fabric are sown together. If the little bit of spare material was left straight then a bit of fraying could travel the whole length of the seam. The pinked edge didn’t have this problem since only a tiny length could fray. As a mere bloke, I always felt the shorter lengths were more likely to fray away but maybe I just don’t understand.

I wonder how many pairs of these strange scissors are still in use. They can certainly still be bought new. I would guess this pair dates from the early 1950s