I have become somewhat obsessed but mostly genuinely interested in the Walco Bead Co. According to Wiki they were one of the largest bead company's in America at the beginning of the 1900s. " It was a landmark in New York's "bead alley" at 37 West 37th Street."* I first became aware of the company because I love vintage celluloid charms and I had found this kit online. However, I also own this fantastic vintage pipe cleaner brooch. I only recently learned that Walco made many different kits designed for the DIY enthusiasts, including a pipe cleaner kit. A cork and sequin kit. A wooden bead kit. And, of course, they are FAMOUS for their countless "Indian" bead kits which included everything from headbands to rings made of seed beads. We've all seen the great flapper sautoirs. I realize now that many of my vintage pieces that I have loved so dearly over the years are a result of the Walco Bead Co. Earring and brooches and necklaces made at home by some creative genius! Anyone know anything else about the Walco Bead Co., beside what Wiki has to say? Are there any publications about this company I could consult? I'd just like to research a little bit just to say that I have tried to know as much as I can about a Company that I seem to be infatuated with at the moment. Are there any other vintage "craft" companies out there that you know? I am always interested to know about vintage craft because it was the "norm" and everyone did it. Something that impresses me so because life just isn't like that nowadays. Whether it is knitting or quilting or beading, I am always in awe of the "normal" people who create works of Art. *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walco_Bead_Co.