Midway Village Museum Gift Store

Shop The Quality Selection of Merchandise Featuring The Iconic Sock Monkey, Popular  Rockford Peaches, and The History of Rockford, Illinois.

Midway Village Museum

Rockford Themed Merchandise To Gift or For Yourself

Rockford Peaches

Rockford Peaches were a women's professional baseball team who played from 1943 to 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.  During this time the team became four-time champions.

The Iconic Sock Monkey

The Sock Monkey Doll is an important part of Rockford’s history. In 1880, the Nelson Knitting Company was incorporated.  John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant, invented the seamless sock knitting machine. The Nelson Knitting Co. was the first to commercially produce seamless socks. John Nelson came to this country in 1852 and was amongst the first Swedish settlers to arrive by train in Rockford. It took nearly ten years to perfect the seamless sock knitting machine. After Nelson’s death in 1883, his son made an improvement on the machine and started the Forest City Knitting Company. These machines made a “work sock” worn mainly by farmers and factory workers. It was sturdy and comfortable. Rockford socks became known as the standard in the industry.

It was these socks that were used to make the sock monkey dolls. In 1932 the red heel was added to the sock. In 1955 Nelson Knitting received a patent for the sock monkey dolls. Rockford is very proud to claim itself, Home of the Sock Monkey.

Sock Monkey Stories - A Series of Books

Three different sock monkey stories all written by Barbara Gerry are a popular favorite in the Museum Gift Shop.  Barbara's great-grandfather, John Nelson patented the seamless sock knitting machine in 1880, which manufactured the Red Heeled work sock.  These original Rockford socks gained notoriety when Sock Monkey Dolls began being sewn by hand across the US in the 1930s.  The sock monkey remains a popular pop culture toy today.

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  • American Ulysses by Ronald C. White
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  • Always Remember - WWII Through Veterans' Eyes
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  • WWII Days Classic Mug
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