Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket, December 1936

A festive-looking offering, but with disappointing contents.  A few crochet and embroidery projects, and instructions for making the poinsettia on the cover, but the bulk of the magazine is given over to mail-order patterns.  Free pdf available for download at the Antique Patterns Library.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Birthday To Us

From the History Channel, This Day in History:  "Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and national disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

Barton, born in Massachusetts in 1821, worked with the sick and wounded during the American Civil War and became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" for her tireless dedication.  In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned her to search for lost prisoners of war and with the extensive records she had compiled during the war she succeeded in identifying thousands of the Union dead at the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp.

She was in Europe in 1870 when the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and she went behind the German lines to work for the International Red Cross.  The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900.  Barton headed the organization into her 80's and died in 1912."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

War Is All Hell

Suggested menu from Kitchen Klatter, March, 1942.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Friday, May 18, 2018

Quote Of The Day

If you cannot walk more than a block in your shoes, they are not shoes; they are pretty sculptures that you happen to have attached to your feet.  ~ Linda Przybysewski

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Notes Of A Golddigger and Golddigger's Guide

This unfortunately turned out to be a manual on mining in Australia in 1852.  I had such hopes.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Division of the Spoils

image from amazon.com

I brought in a fistful of catnip about three hours ago and gave it to the New Kids.  I'm not saying someone got more than her fair share, but Sheba is currently sprawled on one of the bathroom towels, completely and blissfully zonked.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Aunt Martha's Workbasket Magazine - November, 1936

The most recent Workbasket offering from the Antique Pattern LibraryIf my calculations are correct, this one is from November, 1936.  Offered are projects in crochet, embroidery, tatting, and, well...cornhusks.  A pdf is available for free download.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On the Road (Again)

Headed for the West Coast (of Illinois) for a couple of days.  Blogging will resume on Monday!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Crochet - "Veranda Handicraft" from 1915

From Woman's Home Companion, July 1915, a "fascinating" crochet project for summer days.  Click to copy, save and enlarge - it will be legible.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Colgate's Talcum Powder

From Woman's Home Companion, January 1915. Wish it still came in these containers.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Quote Of The Day

She was one of those persons who will squeeze into the same partition of a revolving door with you, on the pretext of causing less trouble. ~ Shirley Hazzard

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Online Bookshelf - Peter Poodle

A free download from Project Gutenberg.  Enjoy the Edwardian toy illustrations!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tatting - Two Edgings From 1911

From the January, 1911 issue of McCall's magazine, two tatted edgings (the second one looks particularly nice).  Mandatory legibility comment*:  click to enlarge the image and print it out.  The instructions will be readable, I promise.

*For those of us with vintage eyesight.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Vintage Advertising - Postum

What beautiful colors advertising artists used to use.  This is from McCall's magazine, January 1911.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Friday, April 27, 2018

Quote Of The Day

Any man that can make a living doing what he likes is lucky, and I'm that. ~ Charles Russell.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Saturday, April 21, 2018


Amuse me, hoomin.  I'm bored.

Thursday, April 19, 2018