"a piece of Woolworth jewelry to keep his tie clamped flat"

The F.W. Woolworth Company was founded in 1879 and was one of the original American five-and-dime stores. It has since grown to be one of the largest retail companies in the world. It originally sold general merchandise at prices that undercut local merchants. It was one of the first retailers to display stock for the public to handle without the supervision of a sales assistant.