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.

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