Thursday, May 21, 2009
Vintage Thingie Thursday
To increase the use of feedsack prints in the household the Cotton Council in conjunction with Simplicity and McCalls printed booklets. These booklets carried the same fashions and household uses as regular patterns but included the yardage in number of sacks necessary instead of regular yardage. There was a section in the booklet to order the pattern as well.
I have 19 of these booklets and am always searching for ones I don't have. Ebay has been a great source for these. The obvious problem with them is that they are on paper and therefore are disintegrating.
In the past I have seen reproductions of these booklets surface. They are considerably cheaper than an original. I am so attached to all the American Textile history that shows in each booklet.
I truly can't pick a favorite. The older ones are in black and white with few pictures. The newer ones contain colored pictures. This is probably the oldest in my collection.
The cotton council also sponsored a contest where the winner could receive a new sewing machine and a trip to the world's fair. It was an important tool to increase the demand for the sacks. Remember at one time all our cotton was produced and milled here in the U.S. Enjoy looking at the graphics as well on these booklets.
I love the sepia tones the most. The paper also changed through the years. The later colored ones appeared on a glossy stiffer paper whereas the earlier ones are on a thin cream colored paper. Or they could have originally been white that has aged to the creamy color.
Enjoy more Vintage finds at The Colorado Lady.