Celebrating 60 Years - Introducing Silas
|As part of our 60th Anniversary celebration in 2013 here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we welcomed the opportunity to take a look back at the history of our long standing company. We shared past products and catalogs that have helped shape who we are as a business today. One individual who has been with us throughout it all, is none other than SILAS.|
Perhaps you recognize the side profile of this colonial man from our catalogs, order forms, packaging, and/or signage? If not, we are pleased to introduce him to you now. Silas is the icon of a blacksmith who has represented Sturbridge since 1953.
Pictured here to the left is the sign outside of our building, here in Portland, ME. Silas adorns the top of this sign, wearing period clothing with a wrought iron forge in one hand and a hammer in the other; traditional blacksmith tools.
A blacksmith was a respected trade in New England during Early America. Forging or welding iron metal together was ideal for producing durable and quality goods that would withstand the test of time. The appreciation for American craftsmanship and traditional goods is a quality garnered amongst our products still today.
Let's learn more about our friend Silas below.
Roots in 1953
Silas has gone through many transformations over the years, but here he is in his most classic form, on our very first catalog cover. You'll note that the iron forge he holds actually reads our initials: SYW.
Silas through the Years
Dressed up for the Holidays
The catalog covers from years past sure differ from our more recent catalogs in the 21st century, but you'll see here, even in 1994, Silas appropriately follows the times and the seasons too; depicted in a bold red, contrasting nicely with the green banner behind.
Silas in Portland, ME
We are proud to have Silas as a representation of who we are as a company, to customers both locally and internationally. If you happen to be driving on I-95 northbound in Portland...keep your eye out for SYW on your left. Here, Silas proudly decorates the outside of our warehouse and office building.