Literary Pursuits

The Workbasket – July 1950

This past weekend, while out garage-saling, I “scored” a stack of 25 vintage Workbasket magazines from the early 1950s for $2! At the time I was thinking there might be some vintage crochet patterns I would enjoy making… but there is, oh, so much more! Just so many “precious” things, I have to share.

Here is the cover of the oldest one. July 1950. Not even “spot color” printing. We’re just supposed to imagine the color purple and green of the violets on this “pretty place mat” on the cover.
workbasket1Flipping through the magazine, there are little ads on each page. Here are some opportunities for making money at home… something every housewife is interested in pursuing, no doubt.workbasket2You can make and sell “gorgeous gifts out of rhinestones, felt, copper, plastic, textiles and exciting new materials”! (I’m trying to think of what would be “gorgeous” made out of those materials…) Or you can take up the “thrilling work” of “coloring photos at home”. Apparently there was a need for such a vocation as demonstrated by the colorless cover of the magazine!

If these opportunities are not quite your cup of tea, well, there’s a whole column each month of inspiring articles telling of “Women Who Make Cents” and what they’ve come up with to bring in some extra income.workbasket3This idea cracks me up. I don’t know anyone who would pay $1 or $2 in today’s money for a “dressed up paper plate”, do you? And prices are many times more now than they were 58 years ago! But, then, we do have cheap, pre-printed, colorful, sturdy paper plates available to us now, and I supposed that was unheard of at the time.

Do you have a weight problem? Here’s how you can “get thin to music with Wallace Reducing Records”…workbasket5I love this ruffled apron. I am very tempted to make it, and try the “two-tone” effect. Not sure what I would do with it. But it would be fun to make! I’ll let you know if I do.
workbasket6And one more ad for your edification… this one a full-page!workbasket4I’m not sure if “Yuth” was their cutesy way of spelling “youth” or if it’s meant to be pronounced with the short /u/… “yuth”… and if so, what does that mean?

It is also my opinion that if Mrs. Hauff would have stood up a little straighter and smiled in the first picture, she would have been presentable enough to “go places with her husband” even without “youthful, smart style clothes”!

I hope you enjoyed these little clippings. I’ll post more again another time.


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