I have two confessions – First, I’ve fallen horribly behind in my Farmer’s Wife Sew-Along. *cringe* But I’m not having a lot of success with paper piecing the more complex blocks. On top of that, I’m more than Dutch enough to really hate the waste of fabric. I CAN get more of a lot of the prints I’m using – I just don’t want to until I must. So I’ve set them in my “time out” corner, for the moment.
Second, I have found a bit of a “honey hole” for 1930’s and 1920’s magazines, to include The Farmer’s Wife and a few other titles. And, for the moment, I’m not sharing. Sorry. The booth owner seems to put out a few new ones every few weeks. Which is about how often I stop in and snap them up. I may be missing one occasionally, but probably not too many. They prick my conscience a bit, since I’ve put the blocks away for a bit. I’ll share some pictures, that’ll help, right?
How cute are these? I love the articles. There are often recipes, definitely aimed at what farm women would have available to them.
And farm wives had access to eggs, at least! Heck, that golden custard recipe looks pretty good. I might have to give it a try. Of course, since the farm woman was raising the chickens, there are articles about that, too.
I admit, I enjoy these pieces, because they’re not that different from the articles on chicken keeping that you see on homestead blogs, today. I also miss my chickens – I had 5 layers until my least-friendly neighbor ratted me out.
Something else that really hasn’t changed – constant saturation with current celebrities. In the late 30’s, anything that could be sold was BEING sold by the Dionne Quintets.
Nearly every issue has at least one ad, sometimes more, with the “quins.”
The Farmer’s Wife quilt books are, of course, built around the “Letters from Farm Women” feature in each issue.
Which is interesting, since they’re a relatively small part of the magazine, as a whole. Much more space is devoted to articles, short stories, recipes, and the like. It was a recipe for success, to judge by the number of women who subscribed.
On this last trip, I also found an issue of Home Arts Needlecraft. I was a bit disappointed to find that there were no more than one or two patterns – both for knitted or crocheted items.
Mostly, it seems to be a catalog of mail-order patterns. Still, it’s a window on the fashions of the day.
So there you have my latest stash of “The Farmer’s Wife” magazines. Yes, this was a blatant attempt to distract you from the fact that I don’t have any sewing to show you. I am, in fact, working on a project. But I left my camera at work, so I can’t show the pretties.
Not those pretties, anyway. I can show you THESE pretties. Remember the whole lack of chickens thing? That, and a number of other issues, has us feeling constrained my our tiny city lot. So we’re looking at property and wondering if we could build. The current top contender is a small piece of acreage with a nice little crest, mature trees:
And a little creek along one edge.
Wish me luck!