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.

Mark Gearhart
The Gearhart Knitting Machine Company
April 2009


4 Responses to “Donate”

  1. Nancy Martin Says:

    I just finished reading “What Jesus Said About the Holy Ghost.” (I purchased the book at an antique shop in November.) It’s a great book. Little did I know who the author was until I googled and found your site.
    Thanks for all the information!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I am interested in donating a White (made in France)1602, true double bed knitting machine to a charitable organization, school, etc. If you can lead me in the right direrection, I would be very grateful.

    Thank you

    1. Mark Gearhart Says:


      I haven’t had such a request. It is very interesting. There is a textile museum up in New England. I think it might be in New Hampshire. If you can get in touch with Richard Candee, he can give you more details and ideas. He is a professor and author of several publications on the textile industry.


  3. Anonymous Says:

    dear mark been wondering where u been it is u cousin dinah i have moved since we last talked i still have my face book page and found diana and and her dad bill who is and was my moms cousin i remenber bill very well and remenber meeting joe once when i was small if u want and i would love to leave me a message on face book page it is under my name and i give u my new address and phone no also hebe wiseman is is a gearhart margart suber was her mom she was marg. gearhart and internationally known china painter. i am also pretty sure from the photo i have that the man playing the piano is great uncle john it is so good to find u i have missed u and have much to discuss with u sincerly your cousin dinah

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