Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 August 1956 “Patti Page, Woman’s March, Some New Patterns and More of our Budget Article.”

tvweek56 This week in Tv here in 1956, we can look forward to seeing Patti Page sing her heart out. I love that her ‘fuller arms’ are not hidden. There is no Photoshop here in 1956, and it seems she was merely cut out by hand by some lower rung ad man in the arts department. There is a lot to be said for the naiveté’ of our times here in the 1950’s. A genuine rawness even to something as simply as our Tv guides.
Here she is on the Patti Page Show this year (56)
This is a new song by Patti Page for this year 1956. (this tune “Nevertheless” is a great one to clean to)
liztaylorcosmo The young Elizabeth Taylor is on the cover of this month’s Cosmopolitan. I adore her hair this way, short and so chic’.
natlwomansday Yesterday, the 9th of August 1956, South African women marched to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the "pass", special identification documents which curtailed an African's freedom of movement during the apartheid era. It is held as a public holiday to this day. Read more about that HERE. For those Homeschoolers out there, it would be an interesting topic. Women’s rights and minority’s rates are beginning to have a move to the forefront as the decade ends. Oh, if only we could really go back and handle things differently. But, we can move forward and I think women are always the best at understanding both sides of an argument. I am sure most women have to do it daily with their children.
I just purchased two new patterns. I know, I know, I need another pattern like I need a hole in the head, but a gal must be prepared. These are both very crucial to my future sewing ventures.
The first is this wonderful hat and collar pattern.hatpattern How cunning is it that there are collar patterns! I can already imagine more of my dresses and tops becoming ‘new’ simply by adding these collars. (Although the pilgrim version might have to be reserved for only trips to Plimoth Plantaion) The striped dickey top with the button and peter pan collar is adorable. And the basic beret/pill box is going to be glorious in wool and felt.
dresspattern This second pattern made my heart skip a beat. I have been trying to find a pattern for the dresses I see that have  the sleeve as part of the bodice. Some of my faithful readers will recall my own attempts at my own pattern for this. It worked rather well, but I am dying to see how and where to put darts and such. I like the second version because I really like finding new vintage ways to wear scarves. Isn’t it just ducky peeking out like that! And pickets are always nice in any dress/skirt.
And, for those few of you who have been faithfully reading this very long column on Marriage and Money, here is the next installment. And NO it still is not all of it! There was always much more writing in old magazines than what we are given today. As I said, modern ladies magazines are like an elementary school second grade primer: See Jane Shop, Look Jane Look, there are some dishes and sheets, Buy Jane BUY. But, I digress.
Simply click on them to read and enjoy!
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I have also been really working on remaking the website again this week. I know I did it once before, but it was laid out in such a way that I could not keep up with that and all the other things I must and want to do. The new format will be simpler but easier for me to update so it can actually be a fun place to visit and share with all of you.
Until tomorrow, then, Happy Homemaking.
Because a Commenter said Allegheny Moon by Patti Page is her favorite, I edited this post to include it. This Record is from this year, as well, 1956. Here you can hear how we here in 1956 would hear it. There are no i-Pods or digital, but the lovely whirl and hiss of the Record adds something. Picture it on the large Hi-Fi the size of a sideboard. Wine chilling, the lights dimmed and you and your loved one (he in his white dinner jacket) dancing cheek to cheek. Ah…..


  1. I simply love Patti Page! In my opinion, one of her best music is "Allegheny Moon", it's such a wonderful music, but it's very hard to find it in the internet.

  2. I have just re-edited the post to include your favorite Patti Page song, enjoy!

  3. Too funny - I love your description of modern magazines - second grade primer! I love Patti Page! I have always favored the pill box hats. I also like scarves and need to find new ways to wear them. A couple of months ago while browsing in one of my favorite book stores I saw an older book on how to wear scarves but did not pick it up at that time thinking I would get it later. I had to kick myself in the behind because when I went back later it was gone.

  4. I have some scarf tying books in the corner store. Not sure if any of these were the one you missed out on. http://astore.amazon.com/theaprorevo-20/detail/083177701X


  5. Thanks for including this wonderful music in the post! I have a video where she is singing it, I got it from youtube, but it seems they took it off.

  6. Lovely patterns and very usable, since you can use them to alter your other patterns, a really good investment, no excuses needed. :)

    Looking forward to see what you’ve done with the AR website, I love it as it is, but am open to new ideas.

  7. sanne-Now there are far too many pages for me to fill wit content and I really would like to make it easier to add to daily without it being daunting or taking away from my homemaking, but instead enhancing it.

  8. Not a lot time to answer, just enjoyed the article again, I admire the perceptiveness of the author... I'm eager to read the rest of it!

    Have a nice day!

  9. I will post the remainder of the article today. It was very long. As I have said before, I have come to expect in-depth well thought out and helpful articles from my ladies magazines, so modern versions for women and home rarely suffice. If I had millions I'd produce my own vintage magazine in a minute. So, instead it will have to just be me and this blog!

  10. I'm reading the article backwards, since I started with your second post first. Ha ha! GOOD article, thanks for sharing. Yes- more doesn't always = better. In the early days of our marriage, when our oldest were babies, we struggled financially. Very tight budget. Many years later now, I can see the big picture, and I can also see that my oldest kids actually benefited from growing up during the lean years, compared to our younger kids that aren't. Seriously - BIG difference. When hubby and I were first married, we knew that I would stay home when we had kids. So, we asked friends of ours that were living on one income how they managed it. All of them told us the same thing - even when they were first married, with two incomes, they lived as if there was only one income. Then, when they transitioned to a one-income household it wasn't a big financial shock. Sound, sound advice.

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