1924 - Aleene arrives!
Earliest photo in the archive. Aleene Jackson, born January 20, 1924. Photo likely from mid-1925 with her mother Vera.
1942 - The marriage
Here are pictures of Mom and Dad around the time they married in 1942. Mom would have been around 18 and Dad would have been around 20 years old.
1944 - Where the business started!
This is Mom's Seller's Permit dated 7-31-44. This would have been the date that she officially opened her first business - Arcadia Florist in Arcadia, California. She was 20 years old.
1944 - Baby Candace arrives!
Here's a great 4 generation photo taken in May 1947 of baby Candace at 4 months along with Great Grandmother Nettie Alice Evans Jackson, Vera Jackson, and Aleene.
1948 - Family
Photo from July 1948 after the birth of our brother Fred. Candace is the toddler and that handsome man - he's our wonderful father, Woody Hershman.
1949 - Aleene's Make Your Own Corsage Kit
On April 1, 1949, the Aleene's Make Your Own Corsage Kit was announced. The kit included materials to make 25 corsages and sold for $2.95.
1950 - Aleene's Floral Supply new store
Aleene started her first business in 1944 at the age of 19, a florist shop in Arcadia, California. She later started teaching flower arranging classes out of her home.
1950 - Aleene's Wood Fibre - the history
While the earliest wood fibre instructions date back to 1951, it was in the August 1954 issue of The Petal Pusher that the first full article on Wood Fibre appeared.
1951 - The start of Aleene's television career
Sometime around 1951, Aleene began her venture into television with her "Make Your Own Corsage" kits.
1952 - Aleene on KTTV - HIA Television
Around 1952, Aleene began booking hobby model guests for segments on a show hosted by Dick Whittinghill on KTTV in Los Angeles.
1952 - Aleene's Fibre & Floral Supply Co. New Location Grand Opening
In November 1952, Aleene's opened their new location in Temple City California with an event that included searchlights and television coverage.
1953 - Rose Parade Television Coverage
On New Years Day 1953, Aleene joined Ray Maypole (KTTV) for color commentary of the line-up of Rose Parade floats. Aleene described for the viewing audience, the various floral decorations on the floats lined up on Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, California.
1953 - Life Magazine
1953 started off with a bang for Aleene when her business was featured in the January 5, 1953 issue of Life Magazine. The entire issue was devoted to the American Economy and Aleene's Fibre & Floral Supply Company was featured in this issue.
1955 - Aleene on Al Jarvis TV Show
Aleene & Betty White on the Al Jarvis Show (1954) Why does this photo look like this? It is a photograph of the image on the actual television set of the era!
1955 - The Petal Pusher Newsletter
In 1955, a monthly newsletter called The Petal Pusher served as the source of information for the Aleene's customers. The topic of the time was fresh vs artificial flowers and encouraging words were given to the students to "be as proud to display the exquisitely hand fashioned flowers from wood fibre in your home, as you would be to display an original painting, for both have been created by artists."
1962 - Aleene on Art Linkletter TV Show
In the early 1960's, Aleene's popularity grew and she continued to make regular television appearances on top national daytime talk shows of the time. Here she is pictured with her signature wood fibre flowers which she demonstrated on the Art Linkletter Show (CBS).
1965 - Aleene on Tennessee Ernie Ford TV Show
It was after Aleene had been in the world of television for awhile that that she had enough "gumption" to approach Tennessee Ernie Ford, who at the time had one of the most popular shows on national TV (The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1962-1965).
1967 - Aleene on Tom Frandsen FYI TV Show
Aleene became a regular on the Tom Frandsen FYI show on NBC in 1967, leading to significant exposure for the Aleene's Craft Caravan.
1968 - The Aleene's Craftmaker's Caravan
The idea for a Craftmaker's Caravan was a major success for both Aleene's business and the crafts industry as a whole.
1972 - The Aleene's Craftmaker's Caravan
During her first appearance on the Dinah Shore show in 1972, Aleene shared the spotlight with Burt Reynolds.
1985 - Aleene's Creative Living Television Broadcast
Aleene's Creative Living Television was broadcast on TLC, Lifetime, and TNN for over 15 years, becoming TNN's top-rated daytime show.
1985 - Aleene’s Creative Living Magazine
Aleene’s Creative Living Magazine was a top-rated monthly print craft magazine with significant circulation.
1985 - Aleene's Family Legacy
The Aleene’s on-line museum features photos and content documenting Aleene's rich history, continued by her daughters Tiffany Windsor and Heidi Borchers.
2014 - Aleene's 90th Birthday
Aleene celebrated her 90th birthday and was inducted into the CHA Hall of Fame. Her legacy continues through her famous brand of adhesives.
2021 - Aleene's Original Tacky Glue Hall of Fame Induction
2024 - Aleene's New Logo
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue has been a staple in crafters' toolkits since the 1950s. Now, in 2024, we're taking a bold step forward with a refreshed logo that reflects both our heritage and our future in the crafting world.