The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — The Union County Historical Society has available a book that features paper items made primarily in Pennsylvania. The book is called, The History and Magic of Honeycomb.
The book includes actual paper honeycomb “tip ins” that — when the pages are opened — expand as in Valentines of the past and table centerpieces. Researched and written by Union Countian, Jeannette Lasansky, and Virginia Gunn, a textile historian, the book traces honeycomb use in dress smocking, airplanes, glassware, and packaging.
Primarily honeycomb is remembered as a paper product made by Hallmark Cards, and the Beistle Company from Shippensburg, a large manufacturer since the early 1900s. Garlands, balls, bells, and large supermarket décor were produced at the Shippensburg firm as well as at C.A. Reed in Williamsport and Paper Magic in Troy and Scranton. The hanging skeleton dancers at Halloween and the ubiquitous rabbits in their pastel honeycomb baskets with flip over eggs are in many people’s memories.
The History and Magic of Honeycomb by Lasansky and Gunn, illustrated mostly in color and with the “tip ins” can be ordered from the Society by calling 524-8666, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or going to www.unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org.