Crochet a Vintage 70s Flamboyant Granny Square Afghan – Free Pattern

This is a beautiful vintage 1973 crochet pattern for a Flamboyant Afghan. The granny squares are crocheted in a lucid pattern that uses simple chains and double crochet. From the nimble fingers and lively imagination of designer Liz Dominick. Instructions are below. Please click on images to enlarge.

Enjoy! ~Marilyn

Crochet a Vintage Mod 60s Spring Cardigan – Free Pattern

Perfect for springtime, this is a lovely vintage 1966 cardigan sweater to crochet. I love the open, airy design. It is so pretty in pink, but you can make it in any color you wish! Instructions are below. Please click on photos to enlarge.


Crochet a Vintage Mod 60s Coat – Free Pattern

Here is a really pretty vintage 1966 crochet pattern for a knee-length buttoned coat. I love the 3/4th length sleeves and collar, and its intricate airy design would be perfect for springtime wear. Instructions are below. Please click on photos to enlarge.


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Vintage 1940 Max Factor’s Hollywood Red Lipstick

Max Factor cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1909 by Maksymilian Faktorwicz, a beautician from Poland. Max Factor specialized in movie makeup, and demonstrated the importance of custom, technical makeup application according to individual nuances and facial structure. He was originally satisfied to remain a specialized supplier to the film industry, but his children were convinced they could grow the company into a much larger enterprise. National distribution began in 1927.

Since he had a strong connection with the film community, Max Factor was able to use celebrity endorsements in advertising its products. In return for nominal payment of $1.00 to the actress, the advertising would also promote the star’s latest film.

This stunning Max Factor ad is from the October 1940 issue of Woman’s Home Companion magazine.  True to formula, it features actress Madeleine Carroll who was able to promote Cecil B De Mille’s Paramount Picture, “North West Mounted Police”. Tru-Color lipstick by Max Factor Hollywood featured 1. lifelike red of your lips 2. non-drying, but indelible 3. safe for sensitive lips 4. eliminates lipstick line. For 10 cents you could also mail for purse-size make-up kit. This included a purse-size box of powder, rouge sampler and miniature Tru-Color lipstick in your specific harmony shade.

Max Factor is still sold, and here’s an example of their new lipstick versions. You can still get those glamorous 1940s Hollywood movie star lips today!



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? 😀


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.