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A Collection of 'Woman's Work' Booklets. .United States.1920-1946
Price: $125.00

A collection of materials dealing with "woman's work". These information pamphlets gave advice and recipes, or served as how-to guides for woman in their traditional, and stereotypical, roles as a homemaker or hostess. They were produced by companies selling various different products, such as baking supplies or silverware, and while they were intended to simply advertise their products, they also served as a way of enforcing the stereotypical gender roles of the times. There is a total of 7 items within this collection, dating from 1920-1946. Below is a brief description of each of the items:   A Selection of Choice Recipes, 1920, Rumford Chemical Works This pamphlet was published to advertise the product 'The Wholesome Rumford Baking Powder.' The cover shows an older woman with a younger one, and the caption, "How's that, Grandma?" The implication is that cooking is a shared experience to be taught through the different generations, and that Rumford's Baking Powder, is a part of that shared experience. The inside of the pamphlet has six recipes for various biscuits or desserts. Measures 6 1/4" x 3 1/2" (folded), 7" x 6 1/4" (unfolded) Bridal Silver and Wedding Customs, 1920, Towle Silversmiths This short book was written by Emily Post for the Towle Silversmiths, who since 1690 have been creating various items in sterling silver, such as flatware or serve-ware.  Emily Post, herself was an American writer and socialite who became the foremost authority on how to behave graciously in society and business. She produced several etiquette books and even founded the Emily Post Institute, which five generations later, is still a family owned business that maintains and evolves the standards of etiquette that Emily Post first established. This book straddles the line between advice and product endorsement. Starting with short sections that give instructions on every wedding subject imaginable, such as invitations, decorations, the wedding procession, ushers preferred style of dress, and even advice for the bride's dress! Eventually the booklet continues on to give advice about wedding gifts, such as how to acknowledge and/or display them. It goes even further by suggesting which style of sterling silver flatware the bride should request from her guest, all of which are sold by the Towle Silversmiths. The book ends with a chart that the bride can use to keep track of which of her guests purchased each pieces of silver. 27 pages, soft pink cover. Measures 7 1/2" x 5" Easy Ways to Pretty Frocks, 1920, The Spool Cotton Company Published to endorse the product Clark's ONT Boilfast Mercerized Thread, this booklet provides the reader with guidance on all sorts of sewing techniques needed to make oneself affordable, but fashionable, clothes in the 1920s. There are directions and tips on cutting, how to draft patterns, simple embroidery designs for lingerie, seams and seam finishing, and finishing touches such as hemming a skirt, making a narrow belt and stitching a binding inconspicuously. Additionally, the booklet has over 60 illustrations that help you to visualize the directions and the finished product. 34 pages, soft cover. Measures 9" x 6" Once Master Recipe for Ten Delicacies by the Lady with an Apron, 1920s, The Hills Brothers Company Produced to sell Dromedary Cocoanuts (an historical spelling variation of coconut), this small recipe book started with one 'master' recipe for macaroons, and then provided ten different ways to slightly alter the recipe to create, for example, chocolate macaroons or caramel macaroons. Additionally, the book gives advice on how to best serve the dessert to your guests. The author of this pamphlet is not named, but rather simply given the title of ‘The Lady with an Apron'. 12 pp. Measures 6" x 3 1/2" The Housewife's Almanac: A Book for Homemakers, 1938, Kellogg Company Profusely illustrated, this almanac is a compilation of information meant to provide women with everyday advice for how to make their home better. It contains a calendar for 1938 with important historical events noted, horoscopes and astronomical data such as the time of day in which the sun and/or moon rises and sets. Also, there is advice on 'keeping fit', recipes, time tables for baking, lists of interesting facts or words that are often mispronounced, and even pointers for safe driving. As it was produced by the Kellogg company there are several advertisements for its products, like the cereal All-Bran, along several recipes with color illustrations. 36 pages, soft cover. Measures 8" x 5 1/4" Simplicity Sewing Book for Beginners and Experts, 1945, The Spool Cotton Company A fully illustrated sewing guide with over 400 pictures that illustrate the techniques for sewing and dressmaking described in the book. It covers everything from choosing the correct fabric and adjusting patterns to different body types, to hand sewing and how to make pleats, tucks and darts. The center interior page is printed in color, and comes with a short tutorial on how to wear makeup based on your hair color and face shape. The rest of the images in the book are black and white with orange accents. The book heavily promotes the product Clark's ONT Boilfast Mercerized Thread, which was produced by the company. 66 pages, soft cover. Measures 11" x 6 3/4" The Perfect Hostess by Nancy Prentiss, 1946, Westmorland Sterling This short book features a description of the duties of a 'good hostess' in order to provide the perfect care and comfort of her guests. It contains suggestions for any party one might have, such as company meals, luncheons, afternoon teas, buffet suppers, and even how to throw proper engagement party, wedding showers and wedding receptions. Additionally, there are suggestions on games to play for entertainment. However at least half the book is covers everything anyone would ever want to know about silverware, such as a buying guide, how to clean the silver and when and how to use each piece.  78 pages, soft cover. Measures 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" To view this collection, please click on the following link: .
1961 Handwork or Sewing Decorating Technique Student Sample Book , Belgium . .Bocholt, Belgium.1961
Price: $175.00

Large format with pen and ink cover decoration. Includes ten (10) pages with seventeen (17) different samples. Each sample is captioned identifying the work and is accompanied by a magazine cut-out showing an example of the work on a garment. 11” x 14 ½”. Meticulous work. Minimal cover wear. .
Charlotte nostrand Decorative Arts Project - Finnish influence on today's styles . ..1940
Price: $250.00

Heavy board with yarn bounding.   Typewritten commentary describing each watercolor illustration beginning with fashions from 1810 through 1870 (Plates I-IX) depicting Finnish garb or "Sulkava". The remaining plates (X-IVX) are modern adaptations of the earlier styles.  The final plate is cut paper silhouettes.  A well executed and informative project completed by a University of California student.  Measures 12 1/2" x 9 1/2"..
Miniature Alphabet ABC Sampler on Pin Saver . ..1836
Price: $600.00

A 2" x 2" octagonal pin saver topped with a miniature ABC - 123 sampler stitched on silk mesh with silk thread. Backed in satin. Fine work.  Some toning. Dated 1836..