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Ghosts of Dennsion

October 26th, 2011

I was in a 5 and dime in Taunton yesterday and came across some old Dennison products.
I got this for my friend Jim who is a kind of Dennison “connoisseur”.

Something like yard sale tags don’t seem like anything much, but to Jim and I (and I’m sure many other people) it’s a reminder of how happening Framingham used to be.  The Dennison Manufacturing Company produced really great paper products and especially excelled with Halloween party supplies.
I have a few in my own collection:

If you want to see some really impressive examples you can check out Jim’s talk at the Framingham History Center on Oct. 30th at 2:00pm.  There’s an admission fee of $5 (free for FHC members) and you can click here for more info.
If you’re not around or don’t want to pay $5, I think it’s worth googling “Dennison Halloween” and checking out some of awesomeness they made.
I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but some of the designs are fantastic and it’s amazing how recognizable some of these images are that I’ve seen hanging in house windows and tacked to schoolroom bullentin boards for so many years and never realized these decorative images were created right here in Framingham.
I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!


  1. I am happy people still pop into the 5 and dime store in Taunton once in a while. I haven’t been there since I was little. I think it’s pretty cool to see Taunton and Framingham kind of come together since they both used to be homes to major factories.
    Thanks for sharing

    Living in the Fram but forever a Tauntonian

    Comment by Nina November 12, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  2. I recognize the owl and Jack-O-Lantern art, our family had one. Great memories! Keep up the good work!

    Comment by nostalgio December 7, 2011 @ 10:16 am

  3. It is always fun for me to see Dennison products. My Grandfather Ivan A Yeaton worked there for years as a chemist up until his passing in 1953.

    Comment by Barry Kazmer December 15, 2011 @ 12:20 am

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