At the flea market my eyes were immediately drawn to the faux book spines on a neatly lined up matchbox library. I thought the illustration with a white picket fence spanning across the spines was adorable. The mini boxes of office supplies are labeled with the following: Gummed Labels, Rubber Bands, Gummed Patches, Key Tags, Paper Clips, and Stamp Container. I was thrilled to discover that some of the boxes were filled with office supplies. My guess is that this set is from the time period of the 1940s-1960s.
The vendor asked if I was a collector of Dennison's and mentioned that some specifically collect designs produced by the brand. I had no idea who Dennison's was but I was immediately curious. The Dennison Manufacturing Company of Framingham, Massachusetts was founded in 1844 and eventually merged with Avery in 1990.
My preliminary searches did not provide too much history on the little stationery supply boxes and bookcases. But I did come across a few other variations of the same concept. So far I haven't spotted the same design twice, but I'll be paying more attention the next time I wander the flea market.