Posts Written On August 2012

Top Notch Paint Book – 1920s

Art Deco illustrations are some of my favorites, and this old paint book is full of them.  It was published by Whitman, and although it is not dated, it’s pretty clear that these images are from the 1920s.

I am going to be taking a blog break for the next few weeks, and plan to be back in September.  I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their summer.



Antique Redwork Transfers

This small page was part of the group of antique transfers I purchased on our road trip last year.  There were some very old Royal Society and DMC transfer booklets in the lot, but this page did not seem to belong to them.  There are no identifying marks on the sheet, except for the following lettering:

Designs suitable for childrens bed spreads, pillows, play aprons, etc.  Can be made as patchwork or outline embroidery.  Use strand embroidery floss.

They look very much like the designs I’ve seen in photos of antique redwork quilts and in the old perforated pattern catalogs.  The bird wearing the shirt is my favorite — the transfers of children from this period always seem a little odd to me.


Kalburnie Gingham – Ladies Home Journal, 1922

Today, instead of vintage fabric, here are some sweet Art Deco advertisements for vintage fabric.  Kalburnie gingham was one of many cotton textiles manufactured at Lancaster Mills in Clinton, Massachusetts.  I have noticed both in these ads and in my vintage catalogs, that these old ginghams were not limited to the two-color checked versions so common today.  There were also stripes and plaids and checks of all colors.  Printed checks are also a favorite of mine, but they’re not really gingham, which is always woven with dyed thread.

I have a recurring dream where I time travel to the 1930s (sometimes it’s the 20s or 40s) and go shopping at the local dry goods or department store where I buy yards and yards of cotton fabric for 30¢ a yard.