Don’t you just love holidays, and for a sewing enthusiast this one just strikes my fancy. I didn’t even know there was such a day until earlier this week I read an article online at Threads. (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/68192/celebrate-national-tape-measure-day-on-july-14?)
It appears we celebrate the lowly but oh so important tape measure on this day because in 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, received the first U.S. patent for the spring tape measure.
Doing a quick bit of research, I found the Romans were the first recorded as using a tape measure, a device made of marked leather. John Chesterman of Sheffield, England, invented and patented a device similar to Alvin Fellows’ in 1829. Since that time tape measures have become a true necessity in construction, carpentry, tailors and in the home, especially the sewing room. They come in metal, vinyl, cloth and in a variety of colors and designs. There are even ones you can wear as a bracelet, pendant or keychains.
They can range ruler size from several inches to hundreds of feet, the most common found in the home and sewing room being 6′. One of the longest tape measures was given to Micky Mantle by the Northern Virginia Surveyors Association to commemorate the length of his home runs. It was 600′.
According to the National Day Calendar, July 14 also happens to be National Grand Marnier Day. A lovely cognac blended with orange, perfect for sipping on a cool summer evening. Hmm, so everyone grab a Tape Measure, measure everything in sight then sit back and enjoy a bit of Grand Marnier. I’d like mine on the rocks, thank you.