This vintage poster advertises sewing machines made by Pfaff, a German manufacturer of sewing machines founded in 1862 in the German city of Kaiserslautern by Georg Michael Pfaff. The company stamp, stating "G.M. Pfaff Kaiserslautern," is printed on the left side of the poster. By 1910 the company had sold one million sewing machines worldwide.
However, this particular Pfaff poster is advertising the company's sewing machines in France, not Germany. At the bottom of the poster it states the name of the Pfaff contact as A. Senau in the town of Coulonges-sur-l'Autize which is in western France. Below that, the poster identifies A. Senau as "Horloger" which means watchmaker.
The picture on the poster shows two smiling women (perhaps sisters or a mother and her daughter), framed by the letter "P," in front of a Pfaff sewing machine as they look at the material one of them is working on. The date of the poster is not known, but the women's clothing suggests that it is around 1900.
Vintage sewing machine posters remind us of the profound importance of the invention of the sewing machine. To use a contemporary phrase, it was a "game changer" for women worldwide. This charming poster preserves a part of that history.
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