Here we are in 1952 with plenty of handy “Ideas for the Bazaar, the Home, Gifts, Sparetime Money Makers, with Many Articles, Easily Made and Inexpensive, that find a Ready Sale.” How’s that for a tag line? And with plenty of capital letters, too!
The first ad that caught my eye was this “glorious, inspiring gift” for Mother, because, of course, Mother’s Day is coming up… and what could show your appreciation for all the sacrifices your mother ever made for you better than a plastic tablecloth? It has a “big, special Love to Mother design and poem in the very center. In color, this work of art is surrounded by a graceful border of roses.” They don’t quote the poem. Maybe we don’t really want to know what it says.
I’ve recently taken up tatting, and so far I haven’t progressed beyond making dainty little circles marching down a thread. This pattern assures me that is simple enough for a beginner, but I’m thinking it needs to be a more experienced beginner than I am.
I’m tempted to make up this little cutie just to see if my “young lady” would exclaim, “Oh! Mother!! Such a darling bag for my new spring outfit!! Thank you.” Nah. I think she’s probably about 50 years too young to “so exclaim.”
Here’s a “new style craze” that must not have caught on. Have you ever even heard of such a thing? Can’t you just imagine how noisy the “flexiclogs” must have been? Not to speak of uncomfortable. The selling point was, “It actually flexes with your foot!” Uh-huh.
Once I master tatting, I think I’ll take up bobbin lace. I’m serious. I have seen this demonstrated and it looks like something I would enjoy. The thing is, in my current needlework catalog the price is $40 for a starter kit, rather than $10. Sigh!
Since I don’t really need another hobby I guess I’ll pass on this one. I dunno, though. It would be an inexpensive hobby! “What’s new in newspapers? Why, using them to make such useful articles as trays, bowls, vases, wall plaques and any number of interesting things. It is surprisingly easy to do, and at such a low cost anybody can afford the equipment.” Yup. I’m gonna get right on that.
Such pretty dress patterns… from back in the day when women had teeny-tiny waists. If you don’t believe me, just scroll back up and look at the cover model. Oh, well. I comfort myself that they probably wore corsets, or very restrictive girdles to achieve that girlish figure! If that’s not the case, don’t tell me. I don’t know want to know.
What was so shameful about being hearing impaired? These old magazines are full of cleverly-disguised hearing aides. Makes me think of secret spy equipment!
Here’s a fun ad! Talk about time travel… way back before MP3s… before CDs… before cassette tapes… before 8-tracks… before LP records… there were 78 rpm records. They played “up to 10 full minutes”! If I remember correctly that’s about 5 minutes a side. “These amazing records are 6-IN-1 records–6 songs to a record!” You had a choice of “Newest Hit Tunes,” “Hill Billy Hits,” or “Most Loved Hymns”– 3 records for “only $2.98”!