Cincinnati, OH: The Melville Co., [ca. 1944]. Folio card folder. Containing more than a dozen pieces of sales and business forms, as well as 50 different paper advertisement sheets, each measuring approximately 11 1/2" x 8 1/2". All full-color with lithographed illustrations and mounted fabric samples of apparel from the Melville Company's line of women's clothing. Folder exterior with moderate wear, some damping. Contents well preserved, ad sheets generally near fine; scrap about very good. Item #14444
The Melville Company of Cincinatti OH operated during the 1940s and 50s recruiting women to sell dresses and other items of apparel (children's clothes, socks, lingerie, men's shirts) to their friends and family. As the marketing materials enclosed make clear, it was pitched at housewives looking to make extra money and apparently operated much like Tupperware would a decade later.