Since my last post on estate sale findings was well-received, I've decided to make a "first Wednesday of the month" habit of sharing some of my latest finds. :-)
I have a strong draw towards old paper ephemera- something about old snap/button cards, needle books, advertisements, and news clippings just give me a thrill! It's a good thing that I'm naturally a "no clutter" type..... because I'm already getting bad enough. ;-P Consequently, my paper finds were top on the list to share for this new series! I've saved you the pain of looking at every last piece of old paper that's passed into my hands, and I limited myself to 2 of my most interesting recent finds. ;-)
First up: a Spring/Summer 1941 Fashions and Fabrics booklet. Advance patterns teamed up with JC Penny fabrics to produce this informative, inspirational piece. The pages are perforated, so I guess you were supposed to tear out your favorites to.... take to the store with you? hang on a bulletin board? etc?? The result is that almost all the pages are hanging on by threads and I'm not really sure how many are already missing! But it holds together sufficiently, notwithstanding. ;-)
The booklet starts off by introducing the colors of the season as well as featuring a rather in-depth look at hosiery.
Wow, I didn't realize there were so many variations on hosiery colors! Each is recommended for particular clothing colors.
The featured colors are Old Glory Red, Old Glory Blue, California Sun, Nassau Pink, Colony Brown, and Limestone Beige. The following page discusses shoe and heel styles, tips for picking a purse, notes on gloves, and info on different kinds of leather!
The main portion of the booklet shows a double-page spread of dress styles including information on the patterns and swatches of fabric that can be purchased at JC Penny! Sadly, this is the only page with all of the swatches intact, but many pages still feature some of their fabrics.
I wish you could still buy all these wonderful fabrics! The cotton on the right has a ribbed weave and the cotton on the right features sheer stripes in the weave.
Of course, tapping into my love for random ephemera.... my favorite part of receiving things like this are finding what odds and ends get tucked inside over the decades! This booklet was chock full of random clippings from the former owner!
They range from other flyers about patterns (Hollywood Patterns, June 1942) to random catalog pages and clippings to a "Sewing Tips for Success" article to a newspaper clipping of a poem written by a mother for her 23 year old son serving in the military to advice on how to get rid of silverfish. Yep, you never know what you'll find! ;-)
I especially love the clippings of dresses that echo the styles already in the booklet- it was obvious that the owner made good use of this book!
Also interesting was the 1950s clipping I found. It was the only anachronistic item- makes me curious about the back-story of how it got included!
Another fun find- someone's custom pattern pieces! I'm guessing the pieces on the left are for tap pants (they're only marked "front" and "back"), and the pieces on the right are for a bodice back and (very puffy!) sleeve. Too cool!
The second item is one of my favorite purchases.... ever.
Does anyone else have serious, serious issues buying things? Please tell me I'm not the only one who agonizes All. The. Time. and rarely buys anything of her own volition.... Judging by my blog, you might think I buy lots of things. And all the time. But let me tell you- I have *such* a hard time biting the bullet and purchasing anything! Truly, ask my friends- I live my life as though my official title is The Queen of Agonizing. :-P
My mom usually joins me on shopping trips, which is a good thing. I probably wouldn't buy anything if I didn't have her there saying "just buy it already!!" Well, on this particular trip, I was out of state and without my trusty Purchase Encourager so when I found this May 1939 McCall Pattern Book I did more than my fair share of agonizing. I was *this close* to leaving it at the store. So glad I didn't. ;-)
It's in pretty sad condition, but that doesn't bother me a bit. ;-)
I had no idea that they had pattern books just like the modern ones 80 years ago! It's so fun to see how little has changed over the decades.
I loved these aprons! So fun! And the rust evening gown is one of my very favorites. :-)
I have a great love for folk-style embroidery, and let me tell you- apparently 1939 is a good year for that!!
Pre-teen/teen styles. I love these....
Some of my favorites from the children's section.... oh, how I wish I could still order all these patterns!! (isn't that "Seven Dwarfs" pattern cute?!)
While I love most vintage, I will admit that every era still has some "fails". Case in point- these "bell hop overalls". Just, wow. Also, not a big fan of this style on the left! I guess it goes to show that those 1980s/90s styles weren't completely original! :-P
Here's an idea of how cut-up some of the pages are.... kind of sad. But! I like to think about how some girl probably got this book from her mom to cut up for collages. Or perhaps some woman cut into it to put her favorites in a central location, much like the 1941 booklet! ;-) At any rate, it's been well-loved over the decades, and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. :-)
If there are any details or other pages from either of these books that you'd especially like to see- please let me know! I'd be happy to take more pictures. :-) It was so very hard to narrow this post down to less than 50 pictures!