Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Workbasket (Installment #9)

It's been awhile since I've done a Workbasket post... and I still have quite a few I haven't share with you yet. I know you're just so excited about that, aren't you? This one is from January 1952, and as you can see, the cover was torn off.
For some reason, this issue seemed to have more than it's share of ads for selling greeting cards.

I wonder if they were as easy to sell as the ad makes it sound?

Here's a crocheted doily pattern I'd like to try for Easter. Doesn't it sound pretty with colored irises and open-work crosses?
And here are some more greeting cards we can sell to all our friends! I'd really love to run across a box or three of these at a garage sale or thrift store sometime. Wouldn't that be fun? It actually seems to me like my Grandmother had some like this when I was a little kid. Wonder if she bought them from some enterprising homemaker friend?
Selling greeting cards not for you? Not to worry. You can always sell your hair! You send it in and they'll make you an offer. If you don't like their offer, they'll "return your hair intact"!! My question is, how did they expect you to put it back on your head? I know people in those days were much handier at making things at home than we are now, but I never heard of anyone making herself a wig out of her own hair! So... what would you do with it if they returned it to you?
Besides reading the humorously archaic ads, I actually do like looking at the patterns in the Workbasket. And here's one I tried!
I didn't mess with making the picots around the edge, because I thought it looked just as pretty without it. And contrary to the description, I would not use "simplicity" to describe the pattern. It was a little tricky, definitely not for a beginner.
For the health-minded among us... or those who would like to "reduce" a bit, I'm sure we would all be interested in the Fat Girls' Diet. Doesn't that just sound like something you want to be a part of? The thing that baffles me about this ad is, what exactly are we getting for our quarters (or dollars, if we want all five)? I would assume they are booklets or brochures or some-such but it really doesn't say.
Aww... look at this! We can whip up some cute little aprons from all our surplus hankies. Isn't that so sweet?

I always enjoy looking at the pattern page, too. Check out that slip pattern! I've seen dresses that were less modest!
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16 comments:

Kristi said...

This was so much fun! I love your pansy, beautiful job!

Dori said...

Please feel free to practice the iris doily on me! Ok, so I spelled it wrong but I LOVE irises...HINT!!! Yea, I was wondering what you would do with "intact" hair once it showed back up in your mail box too...

Emily said...

LOve the ideas! I really like the apron idea! Very neat! Have a beautiful day!

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Being a writer, I cannot say enough about creators! You're creations are beautiful and love your post's vintage feel.
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Have a wonderful day and thank you
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A Romantic Porch said...

Karla, I love those workbasket posts! The aprons from vintage hankies are fabulous...how 'bout that "beau catcher" one? And if you need to practice the iris pattern on me, that's fine! xo rachel

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I enjoyed looking at the old patterns, really brings back alot of memories.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

Ohhh i love your 'workbasket' magazine and all the fun projects inside...think i might have a go at making the hanky apron (looks easy enough)...lovely pan holder :)

Lindsey said...

I love these! :-) The little kerchief apron is ADORABLE and I love that they call it a "Beau Catcher" - lol!

Coloradolady said...

This was a fun post! But let me answer your question about how easy it was to sell greeting cards. True. I swear.

When I was about 8 years old in the 60's, I did just that. I sold Christmas cards and all occasion cards. I remember walking the streets at my grandmothers house. I sold enough cards to win a black and white television. And back then, it was a big deal. The screen was about a 10 inch screen. I thought I had really done something when that tv arrived. I think back now, and it was really simple to sell the cards....must have been, because I am sure I had to sell a lot to win a TV.

This post made me smile today at that memory!!

^..^ Corgi Dog Mama ^..^ said...

That was a great post. The 60's was the era of my childhood for the most part. I remember those ads for selling hair!!!

Carrie said...

It's interesting how the old Workbasket issues always had things for women to sell to earn money.
The apron is lovely.

Miri said...

Oh I love a Workbasket post-can't wait for the next one! Your pot holder is beautiful. I've been thinking about a hanky apron but my hankies are smaller, I'll have to improvise.

SueLovesCherries said...

Selling the Greeting Cards ad brought a smile to my face! My siblings and I used to do that as kids in the 60's - of course only the relatives would buy anything - thank goodness there were plenty!

It's All Good! said...

What fun to peruse with you this magazine. I too would love to get my hands on some of those old greeting cards.
God bless,
Brenda

Stephanie said...

Beautiful crochet work! How fun to read old ads. I really get taken back (even though I was born in '67 LOL) and makes me wonder about those times.

TattingChic said...

Oh, I LOVE Vintage WOrkbaskets! I inherited the collection of my grandmother's from 1940's-1960's. They are a treasure trove of vintage patterns of all kinds of needlework! I keep them for their many fabulous vintage tatting patterns (and some not-so-fabulous, LOL!) I love looking at the ads, too! :)