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Backstory — Wrapping Paper

The appearance of festive gift wrap in stores is one of the first signs that the Christmas season is here. But wrapping Christmas gifts is a relatively new custom.

Tissue paper “gift dressings” had been around for a while. The captain of that industry was Dennison Manufacturing of Framingham, MA.

image of museum exhibit of Dennison Manufacturing, at the Framingham History Center

A Dennison exhibit at the Framingham History Center

Dennison operated in Framingham for nearly a century. The company was acquired by Avery in the 1990s.

image of museum exhibit of Dennison Manufacturing at Framingham History Center

A close up from the exhibit

In this episode we hear from Pat Lavin, author of Welcome to Dennison Manufacturing Co.

image of Welcome to Dennison Manufacturing

Cover image of Welcome to Dennison Manufacturing

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