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Friday, 28 February 2014

Dress up ad live - by Tobe; article from April 1937.


Looking at Old Magazine Articles just pulls me in, it is a completely filled with magnificent articles, and I hope you don't mind me sharing them with you.
There is no better way to say our farewell to February.
(the images are large, so you can read them easily, but due to their size, I advise you to open them up in another tab, dearies)

DELINEATOR MAGAZINE insisted that they found the very first fashion stylist -some lass named Tobé (born Taubé Coller, a.k.a. Mrs Herbert Davis, 1890 - 1962). They were very insistent on the matter:
"This woman is the first official stylist...Now she is head of Tobé Incorporated, through which she does for more than a hundred stores in America and some in Canada, England, Australia, Norway and Sweden."

"Tobé isn't an oracle, she isn't a designer; she simply knows from experience, better than anyone else, what styles you are going to like best and what will be most useful to you. From the great fashion salons of Paris, from tailored England, from America, she culls the newest and best of the season's creations."

If nothing else, we should remember one thing: "It's time to get up and dress up"
I hope you'll welcome the forthcoming spring with a smile and I'll be seeing you in March, my dear friends.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

BURDA Wednesday

Hello there, friends!

We are well into 1950's with our journey of discovering fashion. Than again, in more than one occasion, we have seen much more than just fashion here (and I hope my little digressions don't bother you).

Today, we will be entering 1954.
Are you ready?

Lovely set aside, take a look at her hair:
this lady sports short and voluminous look.

Ponds advertisement,
and a intro words from Anne Burda (as will be later know as "editors welcoming")

Marianne and her puffy dog are
giving us a glimpse of new fashions
"Write to us about it; we want to know what you think"

"Easy transformation"

From morning work-wear to afternoon tea - in just a few steps.


"...sectional shape"
Nice new cuts make adorable new shapes.

"9 month cleverly disguised"
Maternity wear.

Effective change.
Adding and mixing two types of materials,
make any garment refreshed.

Accidents happen. You come back home from an evening out and find out a dreadful thing: there's a cigarette burn on your gorgeous dress. No problem. Use some of these clever ideas, to incorporate a different material, make a shapely "patch" and give your dress new life.

"Properly dressed...."



"...straightforward but smart"

"For the.."

"..everyday life"
These two skirts you see here are what my mom taught me to be
THE items you absolutely must own
and can wear all the time, every day.

Their shape is simple, so they cam be mixed with any other piece of clothing. If you chose the material (woollen ones are the ones I prefer) and the colour to be subtle, you can be a proud owner of only couple of skirts that'll never bring a shame on our appearance. In times of rationing (oh, they did still rationed even in 1954) this was the way for a women to stay elegant, look sharp..

Love playing checkers?
Love wearing checkers!

These two pages are all about wearing "diamond" dresses
and feeling lovely.

Kids at school.

Knitwear for the youngest members of the family.

On the right - a carnival 
On the left - bullet brassiere.

"Carnival delights"

On the right - knitting for newborns
Left side: unprofitable evil pranks.

New materials for your sewing project

In the upper left corner:
"the full grace of wearing nylons"

Tosca - Alpine village cosmetics
(it still exists

This page and the one following are

May I digress?

When I was small (truly small, under 6 years old), I had a pillow like one of these: with lacing on the edges. It was impossible to put me to sleep, unless I was hugging that pillow.. because I was overwhelmed with lacing, and had to have it near me at all times. Not much has changed in over 20 years; I still love lace more than anything. And: why not loving it?!
Lace is femininity at it's best.

Making the button holes with your sewing machine
(I'm all for that; it's making my life lot easier)

Another important hint:
creating the wrapped belt bucket, to match your dress.

Wiessengrund und Bargeshohn 
is the company making luxury porcelain pieces.

For instance. I have searched these items online, in order to see are they still awailabe, and how much would that pleasurable set cost us. A cup with saucer (like the one one the picture) is costing about 16 EUR per one set. The teapot is 52 EUR.
In order to own a set of teapot and 6 cups (with saucers); you be giving 148 EUR (and that would be: 122 pounds, or 203 US dollars).

Exclusive models never fail to amaze me.
Look at the one on the left:
it's so fashionable, with the gathered skirt on the left hip, 
but due to it's grey colour, it's perfectly fine and conservative
(the best of both worlds) 

Pond's add letting us know that they are with us even 
"during inclement weather"
..for everything else, there's your trusty knit wear.

Such a lovely yellow sweater, and 
new way of wearing the collar.

"Ha!" was the first thing on my mind,
once I've seen this recipes:
who here has made the "mushroom"? Me, me! 
(many times it made my dinner more fun)

On the bottom left:
"If they knew what I already know, the Heluan would be their
favourite brand"

Extra! Extra!
What is your 1954 Burda size?
(to get sizing in inches, divide the number by 2.54)

Oberweise (second one) - your chest
Tallenweite (third one) - your natural waist (not your stomach)
and Huftenweise (last one) is the circumference of your hips.

Also, let me inform you that this time there are directions for making all these lovely garments here presented (but, not the patterns). If you'd like (and have a "know how") to make some of them, let me know, and I'll send you the page with the explanations (alas, in German).
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, 24 February 2014

30th Sausage Fair - don't read this on an empty stomach

Hello there.

At noon exactly, this past Saturday, with a slight rain, the 30th yearly Sausage Fair was opened. The crowd kept coming, and coming, until they filled the streets of the village and absorbed the smells.

Meet the Sausage:
2030 meters long (that's 6660,1 feet), making it the 

From candied apples, hard sweets and unavoidable piles of meat, up to hand-made wooden crafts, moonshine and children's toys. There was everything. Even some hand-crafted jewellery, mostly made out of wood and stone; attractive to girls, it was selling out madly.

Dressed in our ethnic clothes, 
the presenter announces the arrival of the sausage

The tractor in the back of this image is pulling it all, 
since it weights over 3 tons - 6000 pounds

Not the crowd; they did not mind the rain. People stepped back in order to let the tractor pass and bring the sausage to the stage, where the sale started. In less than an hour, all the 2030 meters were sold out.

Local band providing the appropriate tune 

My day was quite busy. 
I got up at 7:00 in order to get ready (alas, there are no images of me, since I had not a single moment free). The guests were to arrive at 11:00; but I went to the village at 9:00. There was arranging to be done, waiters to be told where and what to do.
In the village sporting arena, we have set up tables and decorated them. All the important guest were invited to a Big Lunch; and we had to make sure everything goes according to plan.

The sausages and stew being prepared
at the back yard of the village school

While the esteemed guest from all over the globe had the feast; the crowd emerged into the divine smells of pork-everything. Take a look at the offer:

A typical image in village fairs over here:
roasting in front, music in the back

Baked then and there,
you could buy the meat freshly made

Award winning pickles
(matching the meat perfectly)

Roll-up cakes.
You make the dough around the rolling pin,
and then roll it in the various sweet tastes: 
walnuts, cocoa, vanilla..

All in all, it was a busy day. 
The Day of the Fair, for me, was over at 19:00; and then the concert started. By the comments of our guests, it went well (it went more then "well" according to a a fella naked Justin, who came all the way from Chicago).
I hope you've enjoyed this treat (post) and by all means - I hope I'll be seeing you right here next year.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Love story: I didn't know the meaning of love


Let me start this Sunday with a quote:
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” ―Joan Crawford

Now, we're ready for a love story:

Oh, Madge..
Being let go by two men at a single frame.. At the end, I do feel sorry for the girl.