This installment from my collection of vintage Workbasket magazines comes to you from July 1953. I thought the cover doily was so pretty that I made it myself! That was a fun project.
And while they got off to a good start with such a lovely crochet pattern, it must have been the month recruit Christmas card salesmen... er, salesladies.
That does seem like a quite reasonable price. But what's the deal with a 'bonus' of "Low-Cost Hosiery to New Agents!"? We're supposed to sell nylons alongside the Christmas cards? That seems like an odd combination to me. And I have no idea what "60 gauge 15 denier" means. Do you?
Page 7. "Think of it! ...there are $$$ and $$$ of CASH PROFIT waiting for you in these wonderful boxes..." Presumably "$$$ and $$$" means "dollars and dollars."
"...cards so handsome they'll be remembered and treasured through the years!" Yep. Grandma hoarded the ones she received through the years. She really did!
"Your own good sense will tell you there must be literally hundreds of folks right in your neighborhood who'll thank you for introducing them to these cards." I'm pretty sure that's not what my own good sense is telling me.
"If you are a fund raiser for an organization, please check here." Oh, yes. That would be me. Not a person with neighbors. I'm a fund raiser.
Oh, we're not anywhere close to being done yet.
"Sell New 'Life-Like' Greeting Card That Move!" What in the world is a 'life-like' card? When were cards ever alive? I guess that would be something new all right.
Whoops! Looks like I missed an ad for selling Christmas cards on page 24... and there's another one on page 32. Oh, well. Moving right along...
"One lady bought $19 worth in one hour!" Some of us take longer than that to make up our minds how we want to spend our $19. Just be patient with us. We can't help it.
Skipping over another small ad for selling cards on page 43... and one on page 44... honestly, I thought I had scanned them all. I think they're multiplying while I'm not looking!
I'm surprised there's not an ad for Christmas cards on that page. Never fear, though, they aren't going to let that idea go.
pany can help You or your club earn EXTRA MONEY!" Gotta get that line break in there at the right place, dontcha see? They also offer a large assortment of geegaws if greeting cards aren't going over quite as well as you might expect.
And now let me show you the lovely dress patterns, which I always enjoy poring over in each issue of the Workbasket.
Oh, no... say it ain't so... yet another ad for selling Christmas cards on the opposite page?
And now, more pretty dress patterns.
Wait! What's that little ad about a quarter of the way down the next page? Sure enough, yet another opportunity!
Aren't we done yet? Not quite.
And on the back cover, guess what? Yet another ad for Christmas cards! Are you surprised?
Don't you want to get right out there and sell some Christmas cards in your spare time?