Neal Manufacturing Company

The Neal Manufacturing Company was a neckerchief slide company based in Biddeford, Maine. It was founded by C. Millard Neal, proprietor of Neal's Novelty Shop.[1]

Neal Manufacturing Company
IndustryNeckerchief slide
FounderC. Millard Neal
Headquarters
Biddeford, Maine
,
United States

BackgroundEdit

Neal was a Unit and District Level Volunteer with the Pine Tree Council. The company made a large series of bakelite neckerchief slides. They also made many special event slides. Most slides were sold unpainted. Earlier slides have the word "NEAL" written on the neckerchief holder, while later ones say, "NEAL SLIDE", and "NEAL SLIDE ®". The "®" on the last style, the most prevalent, is actually a circled r stands for registered trademark. The period of their manufacture may also be indicated by the color of the resin used.[2]

These were sold to summer camps and local councils, often sold at the trading post.[2] The Scout Museum at the Pine Tree Council offices has a display on these nationally popular plastic slides. The slides featured every imaginable Scout image. Some came pre-painted but most scouts bought the plain ones and painted them themselves.[3]

GalleryEdit

External linksEdit

  • "National Camp Directors Guide". Alden Getz. 1962-03-15. Retrieved 9 March 2012. THE QUALITY PLASTIC NECKERCHIEF SLIDE FURNISHED UNPAINTED FOR A CAMP HANDICRAFT PROJECT
    HANDICRAFT KITS
    BOLO CORDS - SLIDES - TIPS
    TO BE PAINTED & ASSEMBLED
    Write for Information
    NEAL'S NOVELTY SHOP
    DEPT.-CD P.O. BOX 470
    BIDDEFORD MAINE

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Plastic Hobby Develops Into Full Scale Novelty Business For Local Father Ander Daughter". Biddeford Daily Journal. 1957-10-28.
  2. ^ a b "Boy Scout Slide Business Flourishing in Biddeford". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Sep 14, 1966. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. ^ Frank Maguire. "The Story of Camp William Hinds". Friends of Hinds. Retrieved 9 March 2012.