Singer Manufacturing Co.

Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, (Publisher, Distributor)

The Singer Manufacturing Company (now the Singer Corporation) is an American manufacturer of sewing machines, first established as I. M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811–1875) and Edward Clark (1811–1882). The company's first large factory for mass production was built in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1863. The enterprise was renamed the Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865 and then The Singer Company in 1963. In 1892, the Singer Manufacturing Company made chromolithographic advertising (trade) cards to distribute at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Each card featured people from a different country dressed in traditional clothing and posing with Singer sewing machines, and each card had an accompanying text on the reverse. In 1894, eighteen more locations were added to the series. On the front of each card in the lower right hand corner is the name J. Ottmann. J. Ottmann was a commercial lithography company in New York City and was one of the largest trade card printers of the time.

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