I love everything about these - the subject matter, the colors, the form/function duality, the size - what can I say? They bring me joy. :)
Red Owl chain, they began in Minnesota and spread to other parts of the Midwest. Incidentally, one of the last two remaining Red Owls is located right in my hometown of Green Bay - Mason's Red Owl, which is probably the one where my parents shopped. It opened in 1969 and is one of the smallest full-service grocery stores in the nation. How's that for cool? :D
Gambles-Skogmo, were the original owners of the Red Owl franchise! I didn't know that until doing research for this post! How's that for a coinky-dink? The company also owned other stores, like Women's World, Snyder Drug (more on that chain after the jump), and Leath Furniture, which was a downtown Fond du Lac institution until 2006.
Walgreens, as we all know) bought out the Snyder Drug chain back in 2010! So in essence, all three of these needle cases I've talked about today have some ties to the same company, Gambles-Skogmo! Amazing!! G-d bless the Internet!
Also included in my collection are this wonderful A&P case; this awesome Kresge case, which I specifically bought online because of my love of the K-Mart family of stores (Kresge, Jupiter and K-Mart); and a "Happy Home" case, which could be anywhere from the 40s-60s, according to some accounts I read online. It's a very common needle case (made in Japan, I believe), but I love it nonetheless.
I have a Food Fair needle case as well, but it's buried in one of my piles o' ephemera somewhere. It'll resurface just when I've given up hope of ever finding it again. :)