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.


Rhonda

14 comments:

This simple Life said...

Very interesting. I enjoyed this post. Wish I see them in person.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

So many memories come pouring back. My Mom made my sisters and I clothes out of the feedsack and she have several patterns she used. sure wish I still had them.
Molly

Coloradolady said...

This was very interesting indeed. What great booklets. I just love them and the pictures are great. I have never seen anything like these in all my treasure hunting! Great post today. Have a great weekend.

Marie Reed said...

If only feed and other things were still packed in sacks!

Keetha said...

Isn't it interesting - - - back in the day they turned bags into clothing, and now I've seen clothing (like jeans) turned into bags.

A Thrifty Mrs said...

How very interesting, I really enjoyed this post.

Postcardy said...

Interesting collection. I have never seen these before.

ClassyChassy said...

Great post today - I never knew there were actual patterns for flour sack creations! I learned my new thing for the day! Thanks!

Bea said...

Very informative post. Love those booklets.

LV said...

My, how time as changed. They will probably be a come back of these one day.

Donna said...

Good info and neat stuff

~~Carol~~ said...

I love those old booklets! The graphics are so fun. Definitely a simpler time!

Susan said...

I have actually owned the newer ones of yours at one time but cannot remember what happened to them. I have never looked through the older ones but have seen reproductions. I love all the history as much as I do feedsacks and sewing.

mub said...

These are really fun. It would be neat to scan them and keep the scans for posterity sake!