Parcels in the Post 1


There is very little I enjoy more than receiving parcels in the post. And yesterday was a great day for parcel receiving. My friend, Donna Druchunas, has been having a clear out at her home and found, fortunately for me, a substantial number of craft magazines from the 1940s through to the 1970s. Knowing my penchant for all things old she packaged them up and sent across the Atlantic from Colorado, USA to Southport UK.

There is a great selection of knitting and general craft magazines including Spinnerin, Columbia Minerva and most noteably for me, McCalls Needlework, which have some amazing knitting and crochet patterns.

There were also a number of magazines titled The Workbasket and Home Arts Magazine which I’m not very familiar with. There are copies from the 1950s through to the 1970s.

Interestingly the magazines from the 50s also say ‘for pleasure and profit’ on the front but by the 70s this had been removed?

These booklets are only about an A5 in size where as the McCalls magazines brought out only twice a year are huge publications.

Here is a taster page of some of the beautiful designs in this volume Fall-Winter 1955-56

Finally, I just wanted to share these completely non camp images from the Columbia Minerva book on the top of this pile

Firstly man tackling the beast that is the barbecue

And finally

Man’s first flight.

Could these type of images have anything to do with what put men off being knitted for?

for now

Ruby xx

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