Today I've got a little stack of genuinely retro loveliness to show you. I must say I spent a delightful hour or so flicking though the following yellowing pages.
This little bundle of magazine pull outs came to me courtesy of my sister-in-law. She had retrieved a larger bundle from freecycle, sorted through them, took the patterns she wanted, then passed them on to me. Said bundle is a collection of toy patterns from various women's magazines. A quick flick through doesn't reveal specifics dates but I would say they look like they are from the 70's.
The majority of the patterns are for dolls. Jean Greenhowe features quite heavily as a designer. There are other various stuffed animals, knitted toys, costume dolls, hot water bottle, puppets and a few other things.
Some patterns are simply drawn on a small grid with a measurement for the enlargement grid. And some, like below, are to actual size, which is my favourite kind! My favourite pattern is probably the Desert Island Dolls, which features Deborah and Daniel, the Tourists and Delilah, the South Sea Maiden. Delilah has definitely been added to 'the list' especially after reading her little write up... 'Delilah, the delectable maiden from the South Seas, is a very small temptress indeed. She's girded by a mini-sarong, with gaily coloured felt flowers in her hair and a vivid necklace of wooden beads'
The language used is a little dated and completely politically incorrect, but delightful all the same. And the adverts! A true glimpse into the past is not the same without the adverts.
And all this for free! You can't beat that!
Peace Out x