Monday, February 28, 2011

Singer Sewing Machine 1920's Advertising Cards - American Song Birds - Part 3

This group includes the Birdbird, Wood Thrush, Orchard Oriole and the Baltimore Oriole, all beautiful. The ads include the Singer Portable Electrics, the various Cabinet Tables and things you could make with your wonderful new sewing machine including clothes for your children and your windows. Remember, there were "Shops in every city in the world"!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Singer Sewing Machine 1920's Advertising Cards - American Song Birds - Part 2

This group includes the Meadowlark, Brown Thrasher, Scarlet Tanager and the Mocking Bird. With ads talking about how with New Singer Portable Electric lets you sew "by your favorite window or in the living room at night with the family" or the Singer Sewing Motor, "The cost of operation is trifling, averaging about three hours of sewing for one cent". Then we have the "famous Singer No. 66, round bobbin machine, equipped with Singer Motor and Singerlight and enclosed in De Luxe Library Table No. 40" in "walnut, mahogany or brown mission". But "for those who prefer a special table for Singer portable electrics...Tables No. 301 and 304". There isn't much that you couldn't buy with the Singer name on it!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Singer Sewing Machine 1920's Advertising Cards - American Song Birds

This is a set of advertising cards put out by The Singer Sewing Machine Company, dated 1926, '27, '28, '29. They are each 4 1/2" x 6" and printed on fairly thin stock. Each one has a lovely bird illustration by J. L. Ridgway, a well known science and ornithological artist. The back of the card has information about the particular bird and an ad for some aspect of the Singer Sewing Machine empire.
I have more of these to show you and remember to click twice to see all the details.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different...Groovy Things to Make with Bandanas!

Make skirts, halter tops, sleeveless shell, bedspreads, pillows, aprons, appliance covers, tablecloths, napkins and even curtains...all to show off your seventies chic!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Delineator Magazine - 1888 Hall's Bazar Portable and Adjustable Dress and Skirt Forms

"Endorsed and recommended by all Fashion Publishers as being a long-felt want admirably supplied."
And this must be true because:
"We consider these the most perfect Forms ever introduced, and cheerfully recommend them to our customers everywhere. THE BUTTERICK PUBLISHING COMPANY [LIMITED]"

MISS MEDDLESOME (to her mamma).--Ah! We have now discovered the secret or her gracefully draped dresses, which have been the envy or our lives. Look! She has HALL'S BAZAR FORM. We shall send for one at once! It can be adjusted to fit either of us.

MISS FASHION PLATE (soliloquising).-The effect Is simply charming. It would have been Impossible to produce this result without HALL'S BAZAR PORTABLE FORM. I can now make over and drape my own dresses and not become worn out standing for the dressmaker. This Form was a happy thought, and is worth more than Its weight In gold to ladies easily fatigued by standing.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Delineator Magazine - 1888 Pattern for a Donkey

This is a very realistic looking donkey!
"The parts are joined by seams which are so curved as to produce "a fine figger of a donkey"."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Delineator Magazine - 1888 "Styles For Little Folks"

This is a group of childs clothing, mostly girls dresses and some infant gowns. Note the military influence, sashes, cording, buttons, and the little boy in his kilt has his bugle ready!"

Friday, February 11, 2011

Delineator Magazine - 1888 Patterns for Dolls

We don't have the typical fancy girl doll and her fancy outfit. We get a boy doll, his sailor uniform and the nightgowns and underwear for babies and "Lady" dolls. But look at these. The details and the work..."may be trimmed as simply or as elaborately as little mamma desires".

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Delineator Magazine - 1888 Electric Corsets, Florance Ladies' Waist and Madam Foy's Skirt Supporting Corset

So many choices! Go for "health and comfort" in a "Graceful Form" skirt supporter, use "An embodiment of hygienic principles in a Ladies' Waist", or even go Electric!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Delineator Magazine - 1888 Hats! Toques, Bonnets, Turbans

"The beauty of the materials this season - the "piece stuffs" as the milliners call them - has given special prominence to hats and bonnets with soft, full crowns. They can be made demure in cloth or quite gorgeous in gold brocade, and the trimming may be provided by dainty wings in gold or silver, loops of ribbon, fancy aigrettes or clasps, ect.

Feathers are arranged in coronet bands to encircle turbans, and they make a very handsome trimming. The golden pheasant, the merle and the peacock are robbed of their finest plumes to crown the chapeaux of womankind. The large hats obtain, but on a windy day a small closely fitting chapeau is a desideratum.

The capote in every possible size and outline finds many admirers. Probably the newest is that which has a brim not unlike the Directoire and yet retains the close, compact shape of the capote at the sides. The very close capote, however, is still worn by those who like it."