Ode To The Made In USA Vintage Wood Peg Clothespin

Finnfemme: Ode to the Made In USA Vintage Peg ClothespinYesterday, while doing a round of thrift store shopping, I found a bag of vintage 1960s Penley’s old-style wood peg clothespins. I was rummaging through a messy basket of sewing patterns and yarn, and found them at the bottom of the pile. Manufactured by the Penley Brothers in West Paris, Maine, USA. Still sealed in the unopened package, it bore an old Penney’s price tag sticker. Originally 50 cents, it was marked down to 25 cents. I paid $1.99 at the thrift store, however. 🙂

This was a cool find for me, an avid vintage-lover and clothesline/clothespin user. You see, they just don’t make ’em like they used to. Penley Corporation, which was founded in 1923, closed its doors in 2002 and laid off its manufacturing employees. Penley still imports and distributes clothespins, but they are now made overseas. In fact, most clothespins are now made overseas and are mostly cheap plastic or flimsy wood. I can’t tell you how many clothespins that I’ve broken and had to throw away. The newer ones are mainly used for craft projects and not for its original intent. In fact, many people have never seen a clothespin in actual (laundry) use, and have no idea what it’s made for!

I’ve never used the the peg style clothespin, but it is really interesting to me. Made of a single piece of bifurcated wood, there is no spring clamp. A common gripe of mine is the falling-apart of the two-piece clothespin. The peg style seems especially sturdy.

Now that the days are getting a bit warmer, soon I’ll be able to shift my line-drying outdoors. My clothesline will be put to good use once again. And you can be sure I will be using these authentic Maine Woods peg clothespins!

~ “There is nothing like the smell and feel of crisp linens right off the line.” ~ musician Shelby Lynne



Yardley of London’s Soft Baby Look of 1972

Finnfemme: Yardley of London Soft Baby Look of 1972This is a really pretty Yardley of London ad from 1972 for Sigh Shadows. The model is fresh and lovely, as Yardley models tended to be in the late 60s/early 70s.

There was a pastel-ly, soft, sweet, baby look that was big in 1972. Not only in clothes, but in cosmetics. Yardley capitalized on this trend by introducing ‘The Baby Powders’ Sigh Shadow. For a look of wide-eyed innocence, it came in four sets of nursery colors: Baby Blue ‘n Coo, Baby Lav ‘n Lace, Baby Mint ‘n Tint, and Baby Pure ‘n Sure.

You finished off the look by adding a fine line of Easy Liner, and Lash-A-Lot mascara (in Brook Blue, of course).



A Fabulous Finnfemme New Year’s Eve To You!

Happy New Year's Eve from Finnfemme!It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m in the midst of making my traditional Hoppin’ John and cornbread, but I thought I’d pop in to wish you all the best in 2016!

I’m not one for making resolutions. All that “New Year, New Me” business is not my style. I rather like just keep on keeping on with being fabulous.

Here’s to continued fabulousness in 2016!

Now, on to the champagne! 😀


Cheers, Marilyn 


A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas

Finnfemme: A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas. Delineator magazine coverI was flipping through the December 1935 issue of Delineator magazine, and found some great material. It’s interesting that, while in the midst of the Great Depression, they managed to project a glorified zeitgeist of the day. The cover photo is of two adorable children beautifully dressed as angels, perhaps for a Christmas play.

Finnfemme: A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas. PoemA Christmas poem was written.

Finnfemme: A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas. Canned Pineapple adCanned pineapple was new and exciting. Somehow they managed to put it on everything.

Finnfemme: A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas. Aunt Jemima adAunt Jemima wasn’t politically correct, but damn those ham ‘n’ waffles look good.

Finnfemme: A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas. Camel cigarettes adSociety women smoked the hell out of their Camel cigarettes, while managing to maintain their elegance.

Finnfemme: A Merry Vintage 1935 Christmas. Lucky Strike cigarette adFashionable young women  out on the town had throngs of dapper gentlemen offering cigarettes. Apparently only Lucky Strike would do.


My Vintage Scottish ‘Outlander’ Sweater!

I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book series, having read Outlander, Dragonfly In Amber, and Voyager. I also just finished watching the entire 16-episode Outlander series; which I still trying to recover from! It’s one thing to read about all the grisly truth, it’s another thing to see it portrayed. Phew! But it is all so completely engrossing.Finnfemme: My Vintage Scottish 'Outlander' Sweater

So, yesterday when I was going through my clothes looking for items to donate, I found my vintage Scottish sweater, which had been tucked away. I actually got the sweater in Scotland in 1976; I was camping throughout the UK and Ireland with a group of Australians and New Zealanders. I remember being really entranced with Scotland at the time. I didn’t buy too many things, backpacking and all, but I did buy this sweater as I could wear it.

The sweater itself is kind of an amber/rust color, with a Fair Isle snowflake design. But what completely struck me was the label: Finnfemme: My Vintage Scottish 'Outlander' Sweater“100% PURE NEW WOOL ~ HAND FRAMED IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS ~ FORT WILLIAM (1974) LTD. ~ INVERNESS-SHIRE ~ MADE IN SCOTLAND”

Which means that this sweater was made in the heart of ‘Outlander’ country; Fort William, Inverness, and the Scottish Highlands being key sites! I found this a rather serendipitous discovery, and made me glad I had the foresight to buy such a pretty sweater almost 40 years ago.


Romantic Chanel No. 22 Perfume of 1968

Romantic Chanel No. 22 Perfume ad - Finnfemme BlogThe groovy hippie vibe was thriving in 1968, but there was also a romantic vibe that held its own in the zeitgeist of the day. This pretty ad for Chanel No. 22 perfume captures the whole flowery, lacy, Victorian-dress, sitting in fields-of-green element that was going on. It seems a bit dichotomous for Chanel to embrace the whole folksy thing, but they did have a point when it came to this specific fragrance.

Chanel No. 22 perfume was developed by Coco Chanel and Ernest Beaux in, yes, 1922. The classical fragrance of this perfume is composed of jasmine, orange blossom, fresh green note of lilac and sweet rose. It has been called an old-fashioned floral, and difficult to appreciate immediately. An acquired taste, if you will. I think Coco Chanel was trying to make No. 22 relevant again to the Swinging Sixties generation. It’s all about how you present it!