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Champion Agate envelope and bag for sending samples

  • 20000

This incredible item from Champion Agate is a mailing envelope and cloth bag.  The paper envelope measures 7.75" x 3.75" . According to the book American Machine Made Marbles by Dean Six, Susie Metzler, & Micheal Johnson, Champion Agate began operates in 1938.  It does not give a cease production date but they are no longer in business. I believe they went out of business in the 1990's.  I brought this item and showed it to Dave McCullough, the former plant manager and he said he had never seen one like this during his time there.  I believe he started in the 1980's.  I am pending requests to verify that.  I should have asked.  So this dates after 1938 but before 1980's.  I am leaning towards the 1940's.  Doing a little detective work, I found that ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes were implemented in 1963. Back in 1943, they used a 16 zone system to divide the country for mail. However neither of these were mandatory.  Without more information to make an educated guess on then I am going to guess 1938-1943, which includes my original guess on the date when it was made and used.  I did Google the manufacturer of the bag and envelope.  Golden Belt Mfg started in the early 1900s and is still in business so no help there.  I doubt they have records on this.  There is a photo on page 66 of a similar bag in the American Machine Made Marbles book referenced above.  If anyone has further information on this I would enjoy it.  

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