Thursday, September 29, 2011

Looking at Good Looking Men - Esquire 1968

If you think the gals had to work at looking good in the sixties just think what the guys had to go through. They had to find the "innest" thing in boxers, decide between the Water Buffalo Astro Thongs or the all leather Calais. What do you wear under your lace up swim suit, a foam rubber swim cup or elastic brief? Does your collar have a high flare roll? Do you want your Formal Turtleneck in Maize or TV Blue? And your "tapered hipster swimmers" been syncopated by Bill Miller? But your Ruffled Shirt requires No Ironing!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pretty pictures of pretty women from 1901.

These sorts of books made use of the stockphotos of their era, but they still give us an idea of what was considered fashionable in early 1900. And they are just pretty.

Votaries = Devotees (I had to look it up too.)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dreaming The Happy Hours Away

I have just received a much loved (read: beat up) copy of The Woman Beautiful or Maidenhood, Marriage and Maternity, 500 pages of advice about everything pertaining to a young woman's life. My copy is so far gone that I can't be sure of the publisher, but other copies are dated from 1901 and the authors listed as Monfort B. Allen M.D and Amelia C. McGregor M.D., apparently they wrote a few of these all encompassing advice books. But remember, books such as these are often all a young gal had to get her through. We'll look at several bits here and be thankful we don't have to live under these rules, charming as they sound.
(The picture by the way is of me...just longing around)

"Young ladies who devote their time to leisure amusements and the follies that invariably attend them, should be regarded as entirely unworthy the notice of those young men who have any regard for a healthy and happy family."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Do You Want A Heavenly Figure?

The Heavenly Figure All-In-One has wonderful "hold in" power that's comfortable and effective to properly shape your torso.
And you can order extra crotches at 49¢ each.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Television and Radio Scarfs - 1950

You slacker! Haven't you made scarfs for your entire house? The TV, the Radio, all your Chairs, Tables, Dressers and Couches? Well, what about the Fridge? Get going!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jewels of the Sea - McCall's Magazine - 1956

Rose Marie Reid from the Hourglass Collection with "Helmets by Rex"!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Doll Costumes Unlimited - From Old Socks!

B>Doll Costumes Unlimited - From Old Socks, by Ruth Wexler. This came to me already clipped out so I don't have a date, or even what magazine this is from, but it's SO good! (But I think they had jazzier socks than I do!) As it says towards the end of the article these are about 7 inch high dolls, but different socks can be used to fit different sized dolls.
(If you still can't read this after clicking twice let me know)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wrights Easy To Sew Gift Ideas - Charming Bibs, Aprons, Towels, Cat Bag!

This undated little leaflet of Easy To Sew Gift Ideas comes to us from Wrights and shows lots of ways to use their trims and tapes. Have fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Sewing Manual For Home Decorators - 1943 -Is your home dreary and dull?

The Sewing Manual For Home Decorators, from The Spool Cotton Company, copyright 1943. This booklet has a TON of helpful advice on how to "make new 'dresses' for your windows...for your chairs and couches...for your tables and beds". There are detailed instructions given on how to get these fabulous forties looks, but maybe these cheery illustrations can get you started.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Story of Thread - 1958

A Story of Thread..."Issued by the Educational Bureau of Coats & Clark Inc." in 1958. A "Reprint from Stitch in Time Vol. 29 No. 1".
This eight page leaflet tell us more about thread and needles than you could have ever imagined. It involves Napoleon, the Crusaders, the Bayeux Tapestry, "nun's work", the spinning jenny, and of course the history of Coats & Clark company. (Do you know what "O.N.T." stands for?)
Then we get to look inside a modern thread plant. Remember this is from 1958, but I imagine many of the steps are the same today. And I never knew that Mercerizing meant that the threads are run through a caustic soda bath, did you?
The threads that are shown include everything from everyday sewing thread to rug yarn and industrial thread that is used for (among other things) car tops!
Last but not least we learn about Needles of all different sizes and uses. Do click twice on the images and read through might win a trivia quiz at your next sewing bee!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Redbook Magazine - 1919 -The Electric Star Vibrator

"Miss Gladys Leslie, beautiful Vitagraph Star, recommends the Star Electric Vibrator. YOU should use it."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Redbook Magazine 1919 - It's all about the Men!

We think of Redbook as a women's magazine today, but in 1919 it was called The Red Book Magazine and was aimed at men and women, most of the ads are directed at women, but some of these are for the guys.