Offered for sale is this package of Pennsylvania Dutch Stencils made by the E-Z Letter Company of Baltimore, Maryland, set number 220. The pack includes 9 different stencils...the type Pennsylvania Dutch carpenters would place on their finest homemade furniture and on the sides of barns and buildings. The E-Z Letter Company has been making stencils of all kinds since around 1941 when they were invented by Ruth Libauer Hormats, a school teacher from Baltimore, Maryland.
The pack contains 9 different stencils found on high quality cardboard paper which can be used over and over again. On the back of the package it shows the nine different Pennsylvania Dutch stencils. There's nothing you can't use the stencils on. You only have to choose the correct paint and let your imagination go. The package measures 7 1/4" x 16 1/2" and each set of three stencils measure 7" wide x 16" long.
A full unused pack of vintage E-Z Letter Stencils are very rare and are sought after by many artists. What makes this rare is that in 1962 Robert Libauer merged his company with Ottenheimer Publishers of Owings Mill, Maryland, making this package one of the last original stencils made by his company.
**Condition: The package is in good+ condition, very clean and bright. The stencils are in near mint condition, very clean and bright. *Package: There is a 1” tear and a 1½” tear at the open end of the package, a tiny tear along the top edge, and bumps at the corners of the package.
In 1940, after coming up with the idea of making the stencil, Ruth Libauer Hormats put together a pack of stencils and called upon major stores and store chains hoping they would be interested in her idea. Finally her persistence paid off when F.W. Woolworth Company asked to package them for resale. They were a big hit with kids, adults, teachers, and business's. Then in 1942 the Macy's Department Store held demonstrations showing young and old how easy they were to use. The demonstration created a big demand for her stencils and her new business was born. You can thank Miss Hormats for the Christmas stencils that are still being enjoyed by millions of kids and adults today.
A wonderful gift to give to anyone who loves the Pennsylvania Dutch designs or a friend that loves working with stencils. These stencils would look great on the walls of your children's bedroom or in the kitchen. Thank you for looking!
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