Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 1953

I'd like to share a little vintage "love" this Valentine's Day.

As you may have read in my "About Me" section, I collect things that most people my age would probably  pass right by...including old hankies!

But how could I pass by these two?

I've had them in my collection for awhile. They are so cheerful to pull out during the gray days of winter!

Hankies are so dainty. I love the polka dot hearts on these two.

I love how there are hankies for every season. I like to set them out all year round. They look so sweet hanging, too.

Here's another item from my vintage Valentine's Day stash:

McCall's, February 1953. Only 25 cents!

For Valentine Girls...they suggest a tea. I think that's still a classic idea!

Here are their suggestions:

I love the size of old magazines. Here's an article on cakes. I love the simplicity of the colored frosting with white frosting words. They suggest phrases such as, "Stay as Sweet as You Are" or "I married an Angel." In my family, we still always celebrate with a cake!

These were made for a magazine, but they have a homemade feel that appeals to me. They do suggest, though, "...on a busy party day, we strongly recommend your using one of the good mixes on the market rather than taking the time to make up a cake recipe from scratch."

A lot of the fun of looking through old magazines is seeing the ads. Apparently, "you can whip up a Swans Down Cake Mix beauty with such old-fashioned home-baked goodness folks want to kiss you!" Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Here's a romantic ad for Cashmere Bouquet Soap.

This would be perfect to use on Valentine's Day in 1953. It is "a fragrant invitation to romance!" It "adorns your skin with the fragrance men love!"

Are you ready for Valentine's Day 2012?


Betsy said...


I loved this post. You have a real eye for taking photos. The ones of the hankies are really nice. You're going to have to teach me!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the sweet hankies and those kissin' cakes are so cute! I'm not quite ready! ♥♥♥

Shirley Hatfield said...

1953 was the year my mother graduated from high school. I can picture her reading this magazine and wanting the "fragrance men love." She was already at that time lovingly pasting pictures of my dad in her scrap book. Thank you for letting me remember my parents' past romance at Valentines.

Red Rose Alley said...

The vintage hankies are pretty, and I love tea time. It is a very relaxing to me. Happy Valentine's Day, my friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Love that you've hung your hankies on a line!

Did you get swapped up with Lisa? ♥

magie said...

I love the heart hankies, they are so pretty :) They look lovely hung up like that on pegs.
I have a small collection of hankies as well..I think the old hankies are quite lovely and sweet.
I like the old McCall's magazine as well, with the old ad's in them. I have an old McCall's cookie book, it is my one of my favourites.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Isn't there something romantic about these older magazines? Even if they are not a Valentines issue. I love the Tea Party. Maybe you could share some more from this magazine in the future? I really like the romantic ads, too. Thanks for showing the pretty handkerchiefs. I wish I had some like these. I love the way you display them, so cute.

Sarah said...

@Shirley Hatfield

Thank you so much for sharing this with me! Though I know there are "problems" in every decade, I can't help but think that the 50s was such a wonderful time.

Sarah said...

@Little Susie Home Maker

Yes, I hope to show more from this magazine in the future. The whole thing is great!