It is 3 3/4" wide and nearly 7" tall. These holders came in green, blue, yellow (and possibly pink). It was originally made to hang on a wall from a nail but I've adapted it by putting magnetic tape on the back so we can hang it on our refrigerator.
It's become fragile through continued use and has been repaired several times. The little Dutch couple are attached to the holder by only their shoes and the connections between the tops of their shoes and their dress/pants are very thin.
There are three things I love about this little treasure.
1) The color: truly a 1940's green.
2) That it was made in America!
3) And the phone number on the advertising:
LEE DOYLE -- JEWELER
16 FURNACE ST. MINERAL RIDGE, OHIO
I doubt I will ever forget the phone number of our home -- the same from the time I was a child until my mother passed away in 1997 -- but should my memory fall short I now have it on hand. Of course, the area code has changed.
Anyone who was a child of the '50s will probably remember that phone numbers were a combination of letters and numbers. Those first two letters stood for a word. In our case, it was "Olympic." My best friend's exchange was "Liberty." The letters were eventually exchanged for numbers. I don't know what difference it made since we dialed the same numbers.
I think my father hoped that one day his watch repair business would become a full-time means of providing for his family. It didn't work out that way: he continued to repair watches and clocks as a side business while working at Copperweld Steel 40-60 hours/week.
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