First off, I must apologize for being absent a while – I came down with two separate illnesses in rapid succession. This is the unfortunate result of having school age children AND working with the public. I get exposed to a lot of things, and sometimes my immune system can’t keep up.
But – I’m back! And I finally got both a little natural light AND some time to take pictures. So I may now present to you some highlights from the Farmer’s Wife issue that I found a little while ago.
In case you’re not part of the madness, the book in this photo is a compilation of reader letters from issues of The Farmer’s Wife from the 1930’s, combined by the author with vintage quilt block patterns. There is currently a sew-along in progress to make all the blocks from the book and create the cover quilt. Or a quilt, anyway. If you’re interested, there is a button in the side bar. Go clicky!!
This copy of the magazine is one I found in a local antique store. A number of ladies participating in the sew-along have asked for more pictures, so I’ll share a few. Note: no where in the magazine are there any quilt blocks. If you want those – buy the book! But there are all kinds of fun tidbits.
We’ll start with the editorial letters:
Here, the editorial staff holds forth on topics they deem of interest. I thought that the space and weight given to the recent (at the time) repeal of prohibition was an especial “time capsule” sort of moment.
There are a number of serialized stories:
While we might find the prose a bit heavy and some of the dialogue stiff, most of the stories were brief romantic pieces – not that different from those still found in Ladies’ magazines today.
Then there are opinion or nonfiction pieces. This one contrasts rural marriage with city marriage.
The piece seems to assert that farm couple divorce less, because they are more of a partnership. An interesting concept today, too.
There are more light-hearted pieces. This one gives advice on singing as a group activity. Though I love the ad on the facing page as much. Maybe more.
There are recipes, and helpful housekeeping articles. Though the previous owner of THIS copy has cut the recipes out, somewhat to my chagrin:
Ah, well. I do have an excellent vintage recipe collection, already. Would you like me to share bits from it? Let me know in the comments.
Finally, the reader letters:
This is the part likely most of interest to the Sew-along crowd: The very letters we read in our books as we work our way through the blocks. I think Ms. Hird did an admirable job coming up with an appropriate block for the letters she chose. I’ll be comparing these to the letters in the book -to see which she did or didn’t include. And, of course, I’ll now have my eyes open for other issues of The Farmer’s Wife!
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Do you collect any similar vintage magazines?