January 10, 2012This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! 50s Housewife Edition
By Betty Crafter
I have been furiously knitting away on my cowichan sweater (almost done!) which means I have not been able to find time for any other crafty endeavors of any kind. I’m determined to finish that thing before my getaway next week with Mr. Crafter! But I do have something to show you. I recently have run into a huge stash of 50s craft magazines called The Workbasket.
This one is from December, 1953. “Ideas for the Bazaar, the Home, Gifts, Spare time Money Makers, with Many Articles, Easily Made and Inexpensive, that find a Ready Sale.” It’s chock full of practical patterns and craft ideas:
A gardening forum:
Ideas and opportunities for housewives to make some extra cash:
There are also plenty of ads for products:
There’s even a feature for craft ideas for kids!
Although I don’t think I’ll make anything out of these magazines, I love the peek into daily life 60 years ago they provide. It’s nice to imagine my grandmother as a young housewife, pouring over a magazine like this, picking out a pattern to make for my young mother, or clipping out a recipe to take to the church potluck. It zeros in on a big reason why I love old things. It provides a feeling of continuity with the past, with my mother and grandmother, and their mothers and grandmothers.