They sure do look much nicer than the plastic ones. Why is this in yards and not meters? Was there a change over to the metric for this, or do they still use the yards for thread?
When I last bought fabric (off the roll) which would've been in the 1980s, then it was still priced in both yards and metres. Having just looked at some plastic cotton reels, they are marked in yards and metres too. I imagine new ones would just be in metres, but I'm not sure when they would have stopped putting the yards on.