Holder for Long Stem Flowers – Patent 1,664,436

Beatrice S. Tonnesen Patent for Holder for Long Stem Flowers

Patented Apr. 3, 1928 1,664,436

United States Patent Office

Beatrice S. Tonnesen, of Chicago Illinois
This invention relates to flower holders. It is customary in connection with rose bowls and the like to place in the bowl a perforated block into which the stems of the flowers may be inserted for support. This arrangement while suited for short stemmed flowers is not adapted for long stemmed ones.

It is an object, therefore, of the present 10 invention to provide a holder or support for long stemmed flowers.

Other and further important objects of this invention will be apparent from the disclosures in the accompanying drawings and the following specification.

The invention (in a preferred form) is illustrated on the drawings and hereinafter more fully described.

On the drawings: –
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Trenton Times, Wednesday, June 26, 1901

The twelve images offered are in the small print of the graphic. They are: Grandma’s Tea, The Waif, The Rose, Husking Time, Reflection, Bubbles, Easter Tide, The New Baby, Our Pet, Old Harpist’s Treasure, Baccante, and Delores.

Note the discussion of the use of the platinum print process for the images, also known as a platinotype.

For Trenton Times Readers

Great Offer for Old and New Subscribers Magnificent Art Collection Free, DELIVERY CHARGES ONLY COST Three Months’ Subscription to the Times and Twelve Tonnesen Pictures for a Dollar. Sample of the Pictures on Display Magnificent Works of Art.

The management of the Trenton Times believes that nothing is too good for its patrons.

Tonnesen Sisters Advertisement 1901An evidence of this is an offer which is now made to new and old subscribers. It is an offer unparalleled in the local field and an offer in which every one will be interested.

The offer is that of a set of twelve reproductions of the famous Tonnesen art pictures for the unheard of price of twenty-five cents and three months’ subscription to the Times at the usual rate.

In other words, on the payment of $1 the pictures will be delivered free at once and the purchaser becomes a subscriber to the Times for three months.

Persons who are now subscribers may pay the dollar and secure the pictures as well as extending their subscription three months ahead.

The regular price of the Times is twenty-five cents a month, or seventy-five cents for three months. The additional twenty-five cents is for the packing and delivering of the pictures, the pictures themselves being given absolutely free.
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Beatrice Tonnesen Introduced New Trend In 1890 Advertising

The Famous Tonnesen ModelsFollowing is a reprint of an article in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern from Wednesday, September 29, 1954. The image of The Famous Tonnesen Models is from an advertisement in the 1903 issue of Profitable Advertising. Admittedly it is of poor quality. I am looking for an original to properly reproduce for a Zoomify image.

Beatrice Tonnesen Introduced New Trend In 1890 Advertising

Photographer, Oshkosh-Trained, Wins World Renown
Author Turner says that in the pages of “Advertising Experience”, published in Chicago in 1899, “There were captivating advertisements by Beatrice Tonnesen of Chicago who pioneered the use of live models in advertising. She offered for photographic purpose an unlimited range of beautiful and fascinating women, handsome men and pretty, bewitching children.' ” The author points out that one of her fascinating women was shown, dressed only in a skin-clinging union suit, tugging at the grips of an exerciser. But, he says, “More conventional were Beatrice Tonnesen’s pictures of dining cars on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, in which all the tables were occupied by Tonnesen models, looking no less poised and well-bred than the young women who are photographed in stratocruisers today.”

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Portable Combination Sewing Table and Cabinet – Patent 1,547,846

Beatrice Tonnesen Sewing Patent 1,547,846

To all whom it may concern;
Be it known that I, Beatrice Tonnesen (full name), a citizen of the United States and a resident of the city of Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Portable Combination Sewing Table and Cabinet; and I hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the numerals of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

This invention relates to a portable combination sewing table and cabinet, and it is an object of this invention to provide such a structure which can be readily rolled or moved to different parts of a room as occasion requires. It is a further object of this invention to provide such a structure with drawers and article holding compartments.

With these and other objects in view which will become more apparent in the following description and disclosures the invention comprises the novel structure and combinations hereinafter described and more particularly pointed out and defined in the appended claim.

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