H. E. VERRAN COMPANY, INC.



I was able to find a ROYAL SOCIETY ad in a December 1915 issue of "Woman's Home Companion" selling Royal Society Cordichet, "...the perfect crochet cotton... for lace-making, tatting crochet and macramé... available in 15 sizes"! It also included reference to the Royal Society Crochet Lesson Book #6. The address given was that of the H.E. Verran Company. I found references to his embroidery business, but not to the Royal Society line of threads. The New York based business is referred to as an embroidery business, not a thread mill - but the booklets were sold to support the sales of Royal Society thread. In the 1940's, they were still publishing crochet and knitting books for their threads, but also came out with a line of knitting books to sell Beehive knitting yarn. I'll try to sort this and figure out who actually manufactured the threads the line of books were designed to sell and where...

Only one of the Royal Society pattern books had any tatting in it, and that was token at best. It certainly couldn't have competed with any of the competition of the time period, but chose to concentrate their efforts on crochet and some knitting instead.

Here's what I could find on the H.E. Verran Company:
Harry Eugene Verran (1869-1930), born in Platteville, Wis., headed the H. E. Verran Co., which manufactured embroidery at Union Square West in New York from 1915 to 1928. Mr. Verran built a new factory in Stamford, Conn. and moved the company there in the late 1920s.

Verran appears in the US Census of 1880 at the age of 11, the son of R. T. Verran, 52, born in England. Harry Verran moved to New York around 1900 and went to work for Charles E. Bentley (1849-1922) at Bentley's lace and embroidery factory on lower Broadway. He later (around 1912) bought the company, which then became "H. E. Verran Co., Art Needle Work."

Verran's obituary in the New York Times, 2 Sep. 1930, pg. 21: "Harry E. Verran, of 825 Fifth Avenue, president of the H. E. Verran Company, Inc., of Stamford, Conn., manufacturers of embroidery, died on Sunday at Roosevelt Hospital of bronchial pneumonia after a long illness it was learned yesterday. Mr. Verran was 61 years old. Born in Plattesville, Wis., Mr. Verran had been a resident of New York City for the past twenty-five years. Always engaged in the textile business, he entered the employment of Charles E. Bentley, who then headed the Verran firm, when he first came to New York, later buying him out. The Verran Company was formerly located at 19 Union Square West, but several years ago Mr. Verran erected a new factory in Stamford(CT), transferring his business activities to that city. Mr. Verran was also treasurer and director of his company and vice president and director of the Hawthorn Spring Mills of Clover, S. C. He was also a director of the Broadway Association and a member of the Union League Club. He is survived by his widow, the former Emma Krelling; a daughter, Mrs. Marcella Vernon of New York and two sisters, Mrs. Gilman Bullard and Miss Laura E. Verran, both of Washington, D.C. The funeral will be private." Here are the links to the pages where I got this information: https://www.14to42.net/15street0.5.html
http://info.fabrics.net/history-of-kit-quilts/
AD in the December 1915 issue of "Woman's Home Companion"

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Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 2, by Not Given (TPB:1914ish) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 30 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
Vol. 1, No. 1 was not advertised in any of the succeeding volumes of this series...

Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 3, by Not Given (TPB:1914ish) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 32 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 4, by Not Given (TPB:1914) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 40 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Tatting and Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 5, by Not Given (TPB:1915ish) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 48 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 6, by Not Given (TPB:1915) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 56 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Album of Cross-stitch and Embroidery, by Not Given (TPB:1915)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
This was advertised on the inside cover of Crochet Lessons Vol. 1, No. 6...

Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 7, by Not Given (TPB:1916) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 48 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 8, by Not Given (TPB:1916) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 48 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 9, by Not Given (TPB:1917) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 40 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Lessons, Vol. 1, No. 10, by Not Given (TPB:1917) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 40 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet and Knitting, No. 11, by Not Given (TPB:1917ish)
Notes: 42 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
started adding knitting patterns to the series...

Royal Society Crochet and Knitting, No. 12, by Not Given (TPB:1917ish)
Notes: 42 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet and Knitting, No. 13, by Not Given (TPB:1919) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 40 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet and Knitting, No. 14, by Not Given (TPB:1919)
Notes: 42 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Book, No. 16, by Not Given (TPB:1920)
Notes: 42 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Book, No. 17, by Not Given (TPB:1921)
Notes: 19 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Crochet Book, No. 18, by Not Given (TPB:1921) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 16 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Lamp Shades and Medallions Crochet Book, Vol. 21, by Not Given (TPB:1922)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: H.E. Verran Company, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Heirlooms to Crochet, Vol. 48, by Not Given (TPB:1939)
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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HAND CROCHET BY ROYAL SOCIETY BOOK SERIES

Hand Crochet by Royal Society, Vol. 1, by Not Given (TPB:1943) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 59 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
I have a ninth edition...

Hand Crochet by Royal Society: For Babies, Vol. 2, by Not Given (TPB:1943)
Notes: 46 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Crochet by Royal Society: Laces and Doilies, Book No. 3, by Not Given (TPB:1943) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 43 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;

Hand Crochet by Royal Society, Vol. 4, by Not Given (TPB:1943) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Crochet by Royal Society: Chair Sets, Runners, Vol. 5, by Not Given (TPB:1943)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc. NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Crochet by Royal Society: Table Settings, Book No. 6, by Not Given (TPB:1946) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc. NY; ISBN: None;
Mine is a 4th printing...

Hand Crochet by Royal Society: Edgings, Vol. 8, by Not Given (TPB:1943) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society,Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
I have a fifth edition...

Hand Crochet by Royal Society: Crisp New Doilies, by Not Given (TPB:1948)
Notes: 22 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Royal Society Hand Crochet Doilies, Book No. 12, by Not Given (TPB:1951) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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KNITTING BOOKS TO USE WITH BEEHIVE YARNS

Hand Knits by Beehive: ???, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: Mittens, Gloves, Socks, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: Boys & Girls, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: For Babies, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: Sweaters for Teens, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: Sweaters for Men, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: For Boys and Girls, by Not Given (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: SOCKS For Men, Women and Children, Book No. 127, by Not Given (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: Teen Age Fashions, Book No. 128???, by Not Given (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: For Babies, Book No. 129, by Not Given (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive: From 4 to 14, Book No. 130, by Not Given (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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Hand Knits by Beehive, Book No. 132, by Not Given (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
Shows a smiling woman, hand on hip, posing, and has no other title - so I assume this is a book of women's fashions...

Hand Knits by Beehive: For Men of Action, Book No. 701, by Not Given (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
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ROYAL SOCIETY'S PAMPHLETS and LEAFLETS

TATTING for Dainty Edgings Use Royal Society Tatting Cotton: Leaflet No. 933A, by Royal Society Inc. (Leaflet:1938) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 1 page; Country: USA; Publisher: Royal Society, Inc., NY; ISBN: None;
6 edgings...

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