The Hub

Description (Brief)
A letter opener made of cream colored celluloid. Advertising copy for "The Hub," a clothier in Chicago, is on the blade. The handle is a molded head of a clown, finely detailed and with hand-painted features.
"Henry C. Lytton and Sons Company, popularly known as "The Hub," was one of the city's premier clothing stores during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The main store was originally located on the northwest corner of State and Jackson Streets in Chicago's Loop. In 1912, the store moved into the newly built Lytton Building at 235-243 South State Street. Though specializing in men's clothing, The Hub also had retail sales departments devoted to women's clothing, children's wear, shoes, and other accessories."
Source: "Jazz Age Chicago: Urban Leisure from 1893 to 1945"
Currently not on view
Object Name
letter opener
date made
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 22.8 cm x 4 cm x 5 cm; 9 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 15/16 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
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accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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