These works were exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels of 1925, in which Hagedorn was awarded the Grand Prix.
Shippers tickets such as these were attached to bolts of cloth or yarn to help the manufacturers make their products instantly recognisable to their customers. They were deliberately designed to be brightly coloured to stand out, and featured motifs that the textile merchants thought would appeal to the fabric’s destined marketplaces.
These tickets likely date from the early part of Hagedorn’s career, after his textile training under Blakeley & Beving in Manchester.
The artist’s great niece recalled that ‘he (Hagedorn) was always rather proud of them and hung them in the Little Bolton’s – the only early work I remember hung there.’