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About Stumps: Our Family-Owned Business History

America's Prom, Event, & Party Leader

Thank you for shopping Stumps! Since 1926, Stumps has been America's favorite for prom, event and party supplies. From coast to coast, we've played a pivotal role in transforming millions of special events from ordinary to extraordinary. When we first introduced the first memory book and the first decorations for prom more than 87 years ago, who would have imagined what Prom would ultimately become!

Take a look at some of our vintage catalog covers below. You can see that we've come a long way over the years!

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History of Stumps

Hubert Stump founded Stumps in 1926 in South Whitley, Indiana, a small town located just west of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The original Stumps Printing Company was started primarily as a commercial printer and local newspaper publisher. As local legend has it, in the depths of the Depression, Hubert Stump was left with one nickel that he could either use to buy a loaf of bread or put in the church collection plate. Hubert, as the story goes, put the nickel in the collection plate. The next day, Hubert came up with the concept of the "Memorie" booklet, a printed favor for Proms and Junior-Senior high school receptions. The "Memorie" booklet sold well and was the company's first major product success.

Over the next decade, Stumps continued to expand its line and began to print products for schools like lunch tickets, menus, athletic schedules, and award certificates. In the 1940s, Stumps introduced crepe streamers, balloons, and even the first large-area decorating theme kit (Evening in Paris) which was used for proms. More themes were added over the next twenty years. In the 1960s, Stumps introduced the first full-color prom catalog featuring dozens of theme kits and large decorations. Stumps moved to a new manufacturing and distribution facility in 1962.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Stumps grew rapidly, and the company changed dramatically. Stumps began offering the first personalized favors for high-school students. Innovative party concepts were added to the company with a new special occasion and event catalog.

In 1990, current owners Shep and Wendy Moyle purchased Stumps. Since that time, the company has moved aggressively to focus on 100% customer satisfaction, exceptional quality, and solid product values. Stumps has grown to include the brands Stumps Spirit, SpiritLine, American Prom, and Shindigz catalogs.

In 1996, Stumps pioneered a new concept for the Prom and party industry by developing the first Prom-focused website, StumpsParty.com. In 1999, Stumps expanded its on-line presence by unveiling the world's first on-line party supplies superstore - Shindigz.com.

More than 87 years of experience tells you that Stumps is your complete source for the best and most unique prom, event and party supplies in the business. We're here to help your events this year memorable.