The 1930s: When Parents Blamed Your Marriage Problems On Dirty Undies

This cringeworthy Lux soap ad is from the May 1939 issue of Ladies Home Journal magazine. Wow, talk about shaming women! To have your Dad confront you about your husband “neglecting” you is beyond the pale. But then nosy Dad discusses with meddling Mom his concerns about Peggy and Don’s unhappy marriage. Mom comes over the next day and suggests that it’s Peggy’s dirty underwear odor that is causing all of her relationship problems. The solution? To wash her undies in Lux each day. Apparently that did the trick because Don is now more in love with Peggy than ever! Who knew romantic problems could be solved so easily? 😀

~Marilyn

Yardley’s English Lavender: 1940s and Now

Yardley’s signature scent, English Lavender, has been around since 1873 when it was launched in England. It was popular during the Victorian era in England, and was imported to the USA in the 1880s where it also grew in popularity. This fabulous ad, from the October 1940 issue of Woman’s Home Companion magazine, shows a English beauty being admired on the golf course by an old caddy master with a roguish twinkle. “So ye’ll take no offense if I say it’s always a pleasure to look at genuine loveliness that’s been properly trimmed and tended.”

What’s wonderful is that Yardley’s original English Lavender is still made today. It is a beautiful, elegant scent that stands the test of time.

~Marilyn

Knit a Vintage 60s Scandinavian Ski Sweater and Hat – Free Pattern

This is a stunning vintage 1967 knitting pattern for a Nordic ski sweater and cap. Knit this patterned pullover in the Scandinavian way: tubular to the shoulders on a circular needle. Method makes two-color knitting easy, eliminates purling back. Armholes are stitched and cut, sleeves are set in. Matching cap, sleeves are worked on double-pointed needles. A great wintertime project!

A beautiful yarn suggestion to make the sweater:
 
ENJOY! Marilyn

Vintage 1930s Coty Air-Spun Face Powder Remains a Classic Today

This really pretty Coty “Air-Spun” Face Powder ad is from 1939. Facial powder seemed to be the most popular makeup foundation in the 1930s and 40s. Women applied it directly over their facial cream. Air-Spun powder was made by actually swirling each powder particle by racing streams of air. A texture of cloud-like softness is the result.

I love the beautiful designs of the powder containers. They each came in different Coty fragrances: “Paris” in a gay blue box, Emeraude in a jewel green box, and L’Origan and L’Aimant in the “powder-puff” box.

What’s really cool is that the original Coty Airspun powder in the powder puff box is still sold today!

Classics remain classics for a reason.
~Marilyn

Knit a Vintage 60s Men’s Yoked Pullover Sweater – Free Pattern

This is a classic knitting pattern from 1967 for a men’s yoke-design pullover in knitting worsted. Body is knit on a circular needle, sleeves on two needles, to underarm; then they are joined to work four-color yoke from a chart. Perfect for festive wintertime wear!

~Marilyn