Oak Hall Clothing Co.

Oak Hall Clothing Co.

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
A stamp holder and pocket calendar of cream celluloid. The inside contains a calendar for 1900. A promotional novelty, it advertises Oak Hall Clothing Co. of Boston. The front resembles a stamped envelope.
Oak Hall was a well-known men’s clothing retailer in Boston started by George W. Simmons. The name derives from the new woodwork in the store following an 1842 renovation—a look that became synonymous with high-end men’s clothing stores. Thanks to Simmons's aggressive marketing campaigns, the store was familiar to most residents of New England in the mid-19th century. It is mentioned in works by Nathaniel Hawthorne (“Main Street”) and derisively by Henry David Thoreau (“Ktaadn”), as well as in correspondence by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was incensed at the store’s use of advertising poems (written by “Professor Goodfellow”), and patterned on Longfellow's style.
Source: “Oak Hall in American Literature” by Steven Allaback, in American Literature Vol. 46 No.4 Jan. 1975, p. 545-549.
Currently not on view
Object Name
stamp holder
date made
Whitehead & Hoag Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
paper (pages material)
overall: 3.6 cm x 6.5 cm x.5 cm; 1 7/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 3/16 in
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 9/16 in x 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 6.50875 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Clothing & Accessories
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object