Donations are accepted in the form of information and knitted things:
Gearhart Knitting Machines and papers are spread out all over the world. During the production years, the company produced over 200,000 machines and had well over 30,000 Home Earners engaged in the business of knitting socks for sale back to the company, who in turn supplied the inventory for department stores all across the country. Back in those days, there were no imports. So the Home Earners, people just like you and me living on farms and villages everywhere, were busy using their Gearhart Knitting Machines to earn extra money at home.
The business was quite successful for a very long time. In fact, even through the Great Depression, and long after the company stopped their manufacturing and hosiery businesses, the machines kept on cranking in homes all across the world, producing hosiery for families and small businesses.
As you would expect, marketing played a big part in the company’s success. I continually run across new information in the form of brochures, ads, instruction manuals, and letter to and from the company. Many of these letters are words of encouragement. Others are special offers. Still others are success stories from the other Home Earners. The list goes on.
So, if you have any information, I would definitely be interested. Even if you feel it has already been covered, I would still be interested. If you would like to send it in to the archives, then by all means contact me. I will be happy to reimburse you for your copying and shipping costs and give you credit for your contributions. I have received many contributions over the years and would be very happy to hear from you.
I would love to have some knitted things to include with the archive. Currently, I have an original 1924 sock donated by Kathy Roletter, and some samples I knitted myself.
I’m not that good at using the machine. Surprized? Well, I more inclined to cover history and machinery than I am at finished goods. That’s not to say I won’t learn how to do a really good job a knitting a sock. But, in lieu of this, I would really appreciate a sock using factory-colors or a knitted good donation if you feel your article represents a good example of a finished product.
I could actually pay for it, unless its an 8×10 foot afghan which normally sells for a lot of money.
The Gearhart Knitting Machine Company