Friday, February 24, 2017

Houseware Department: Rubbermaid




Rubbermaid still going strong today.  I like the display in this ad.   It's a bit cluttered but it appears the dust pan has a graphic with legs and feet?


Back in 2005 Rubbermaid came out with a "retro" line that I posted about here:
Rubbermaid Retro.  Still to this day I am apparently the only person, (not even Rubbermaid!) to post anything about it.



I still have all of these pieces but use them for cute storage mostly.  Yes, I use the trash bin to store stuff in, nothing exciting though, just candy molds and cupcake toppers.


More recently, I used the laundry basket for the Apron Strings exhibit at the opening reception as a photo booth prop last year:


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Houseware Department: Aluminum Goods

lots of aluminum goodies!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, February 20, 2017

Houseware Department: Bakelite Film


Now let's peruse the bins in the Houseware Department!


The best part of this ad is this little lady!




This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".


Friday, February 17, 2017

Notions Department: Curvet Apron hoop


I have a vintage promotional card for Curvet apron hoops:




I used it in the "Sewing Day" display case for the Apron Strings exhibit last year:


More on the apron exhibit:

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Notions Department: Sewing patterns


Since we are in the 'Notions Department" I thought I would share a few vintage patterns from my collection.


I have a crap ton of old patterns.  Most of them I buy for the cover art.


I also buy some for particular features I like.
I love those big angled pockets with a flap!



I like the scrunchy midsection on this one.


Love the sheer open skirt apron deal.  


This one is my favorite!  It is a really old pattern, one of those with no markings or print on the pieces.  Once I can figure out how to size it a bit larger I want to make this outfit (sans the midriff).  maybe I could add one of those scrunchy midsection deals from that Butterick pattern!



This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, February 13, 2017

Notions Department: Buttons


Those mindless clip art ladies sure love buttons!


This ad is so cute!


Here are some vintage buttons from my Notions collection:







This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, February 10, 2017

Notions Department: E-Z Buckles and Belts




I have an E-Z eyelets kit in my vintage notions collection, marked down to 10 cents!:


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Notions Department: Trims

Trims, Trims, Trims!

I pick up vintage packs of trim at thrift stores anytime I can find them.


The labels are an added bonus.  Too cute!


I also like the ads on the labels.


Send 3 labels and 10 cents!
I heard a few years ago there was still a company that would send trim scraps to children to use for cheap.  I haven't looked at any new labels lately to confirm this.


This is the coolest!  Patterns and ideas for embellishing with trims on the inside of old Wright's labels.  I would like to make that Top-ette!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, February 06, 2017

Notions Department: Prims "Cover Your Own"


DIY 1955

Prim's products from my vintage notions collection:



This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, February 03, 2017

Notions Department: Replace Worn Cuffs

I have never had to replace any worn cuffs in my life.  Maybe it's because I don't live in the cold winter northern area where cuffs are worn down to the frostbitten skin due to massive snow shoveling and putting snow tires on vehicles.  It's more likely because I even own anything with cuffs. 

I do have a pair of Smith's knitted replacement cuffs in my vintage notions collection, if I ever find myself in need them:



This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Notions Department


Our first stop is the Notions Department.
I have been collecting vintage notion items for quite some time.  Here are some that I don't have a corresponding ad from the Chain Store Age 1955 magazine.

Needle Kits.
I LOVE that kitten one.

DIY belt and buckle kit.
I like the packaging design with the mirrored ladies checking out each other's fantastic hair matching belts .

Bra-bak Repair kit.
You need this after the asshole boys in math class snap your bra too many times.

or you can use Renu-Bak to refresh your brassiere!

Bondex Iron On fabric repair material.
Bondex kid is too cute!  But he seems to be a bit accident prone.

Sew On replacement pockets.
Replacement pockets man is cute too!  He must put a hurting on his pockets to be in need of them being triple thread reinforced and rounded corners for added strength.

This is a little advertising plastic thimble I found at a thrift store.  The only thimble I own and use.



One of my favorite vintage notions in my collection!
Knee and ass patches!  These two hang out with the Bondex kid and the Patchies pack, rough housing in the far corner on the playground during recess. 



This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, January 30, 2017

The 5 and Dime



Do you like browsing in shops?  For months? There will be plenty to see! 
For the next few months I am going to be taking a bit of a blogging break (kinda).  I have prepared a massive amount of posts that are going to run on autopilot that revolve around the 5 and Dime.  Last year I went to an estate sale that had belongings from a family that owned a local 5 and Dime pharmacy that was open during the 1950s.  One item I bought was a publication called Chain Store Age September 1955.   It is a magazine that discusses trends, along with tried-and-true products, for owners to be aware of for making maximum profits.
The article headings are very exciting:

"Lighting:  High voltage for meeting competition"

"Wide selection of hair curlers needed"

but my favorite is
"Sanitary goods thrive on impulse sales"

But the even more interesting parts are the ads in between all of the statistics! It's very intriguing to me to see another side of vintage advertising that is not geared toward the consumer. A lot of the ads include displays!!!! I have been busy scanning all of the best ads along with photographing any items that I have in my personal collection that correlate. I have set the posts up in different departments within the 5 and Dime, making it similar to virtual vintage browsing in a shop!
 Most posts will be just the ads with not much text because the ads really speak for themselves.  I am going to be spending the next few months getting back to work on some stuff around my real house since the time consuming mega holidays are now over. I also have a bunch of other stuff like birthdays, anniversaries, and excursions that I am planning/making for during this time.  When I return I'll have plenty to share!


Grab a buggy!

I haven't found many resources on the internet with these type non-consumer ads so I hope you all enjoy them! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sugar Cookie Girl Scouts


Girl Scout Cookies Sales are 100 years old this year!

A Girl Scout Troop in Oklahoma sold the first home-baked goods in 1917 as a fundraiser and service project.  The idea was so popular (who doesn't love yummy cookies?!) that many other troops started firing up their ovens and selling cookies too.   In 1925, an official recipe for sugar cookies was distributed for the home baking gals to follow and sell to their avid followers.  By the mid 1930s, supply couldn't keep up with the demand and commercial bakers were called in to relive the weary Girl Scouts and their rolling pins.  'Girl Scout Cookie Time" caught on fast and became a highly anticipated annual event nation wide.  Uproar and panic in the streets raged when cookie baking supplies weren't available in 1944 due to ration shortages. Well, maybe not an uproar or panic in the streets but definitely dismay in the dining room.  That year Calendars were sold instead but they just don't dip well in milk.

I happened to come across that 1925 Sugar Cookie Recipe and had to give it a try. These cookies caused high demand!  What is their secret?   I approached this recipe like no other, I didn't change anything... I tried not to anyway.


A Girl Scout cookie box bottom from 1951 with a campfire scene and tools of the Girl Scout Trade for cutting out and play.  I thought these were a fun addition to put with the cookies!  Lots of sharp stuff!  A very interesting compilation of images...Oh my word!  It's the ingredient list!

Girl Scout Cookies are made from Girl Scouts!

The scouts that lag behind or don't make their cookie selling quota get chopped up (so that's the reason for all the sharp tools!) and tossed in the batter!

image source

No wonder these gals are soaking their tired cookie toting feet.  They could be short just one box of Tag-A-Longs from their demise. This explains all of the heavy selling propaganda!

So back to the cookie recipe (found here).  I know that the research says that commercial bakers took over because of the high demand but I am betting it has to do with the girls not wanting to make these sugar cookies.  They are a pain to make.  'Refrigerate a hour'.... my cookie contributed wide ass. I had to freeze the dough for hours and then only take out a small quantity at a time because it would turn to a gooey mush after minimal human contact.  I also had to add copious amount of flour to keep the squashy, flimsy muck under control.  They taste decent but not worth the heavily involved effort.

Moral of the story...