Vintage Strands
Swarovski issued beads not only in packs and boxes, but in strands with paper tags.  These are probably the earliest of beads from Swarovski, as you rarely see any of the effect beads (coated - AB, OR, Vitrail, etc) strung, indicating they were manufactured prior to the introduction of AB in 1956.
(Starlight may be the exception).  It's said that they were a limited run for an exclusive jewelry design company back in the 1940's who wanted Swarovski to produce some pre-stranded designs to make their manufacturing process more efficient.  Strands can be all one size of bead, or graduated in size.  The strands were technically called "Modell"s, not Articles, but I have used it as it is the more common verbage.  (Click on a picture to go to the sites where each is for sale! -if still in supply!)

Starlight, Black Diamond, and the Givres are the most common strand colors

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4
Single strand, Starlight, 6mm

5
Single strand, Starlight, 8mm
another example of Starlight, with packaging

10
Single strand, Jonquil Art. 42 spacer beads

28
Double strand, white givre, graduated 6-12mm

34
Single strand, white givre, graduated 8-14mm

Single graduated strand of Starlight, 8-14mm

another example of Starlight, with packaging

36
Single strand, all 10mm white givre
If the single-size strands in Givre are all 36, then I have this in Blue Givre, 14mm

72
Single strand of 57, Black Diamond, no spacers, graduated 4-10mm

73
Single strand, Black Diamond, no spacers, graduated 4-9mm

74
Single strand of 69, Black Diamond, no spacers, graduated 4-9mm

75
Single strand, Black Diamond, no spacers, graduated 4-9mm

Others
Single strand of Black Diamond, all 10mm

Art. 44s                                                                  Graduated Alexandrite 5304s?