Friday, May 18, 2012


A few days ago I was puttering around in my craft room and came upon a folder of vintage sewing/needle craft books and magazines.  
I love to purchase these vintage items at yard sales and rummage sales when I get the opportunity to do so.
Let me tell you about the folder first.  In order to keep most of my ephemera in some sort of order, I purchased plastic crates (Staples) that are actually file boxes.  Hanging file folders hang in the box as if it were in a file cabinet.  These plastic crates line two of the walls of the floor under shelving in the room.  Every now and again I go rummaging around in these files for I forget over time what is in these folders.
 I found this fun magazine and I thought I would share a few pages with you.
The date is July, 1953
 It is full of advertisements for selling greeting cards.
These greeting cards, a lot of us look for today.  I don't know about you but I love it when I find these vintage wonders.
 Back 59 years ago doily's were being used on the canning jars.
The article is called "Winning Tips for Fair Exhibitors"
Some things do not change to much even after 59 years.
 This section is dedicated to those writing in with ideas.  If yours is used you will be paid $2.
Foot stools made from cans and an empty 6 pound shortening can painted yellow and clippings of cookie recipes adhered, to match a friends kitchen decor.  This woman was paid to make four more for her friends and sold them for $2.50 each.
Lots of recycling done back then as well.
 A flower corner for a hankie.  This article has the crochet instructions.
If you would like me to send the instructions to you, let me know in a comment.

 Look at this table cloth, amazing don't you think?
The instructions are included for this as well.  Each medallion measures about 3" in diameter it states.
 I thought this was a fun advertisement.
This book is packed full of fun and interesting items, I so love these books and enjoy everything about them.

Do you collect books/magazines like these?
Thanks for stopping by.


Barbara said...

Hi Michele...

I love to collect old magazines! Especially Better Homes and Gardens. A few years back I picked up three from 1961...the year I was born. So much fun to see what life looked like at that time. Thank you so much for stopping by 21 Rosemary Lane and leaving your lovely comment. I like to follow my commentors back to their blogs so I can check them out. Your blog is so sweet that I am now following you.

Have a great weekend!


Kathy said...

I love looking through old magazines. Sometimes I am started at how far we have come and other times I realize we have gone right around in a great big circle.

Barbara said...

Hi Michele with one "L". Stopping by again to thank you for this post. It inspired me to write about my BHG mags. I did link to your blog along with this particular post. Stop by to check it out!!!
Thanks for the inspiration and have a great weekend!!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love looking through these old magazines. I had one of these Workbasket magazines and had fun looking through all the money making ads....too funny. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.