Saturday, September 25, 2010

25 September 1956 “Curtains of Fiberglass, A New Pattern, and A 1956 Color TV”

I do apologize for not having posted yesterday. We were off to my MIL to celebrate my SIL birthday. Along with the festivities, I was also crating up three of my chickens: Roostie, my beloved Rooster, and two hens. My mother in law, who has had chickens before and has a darling little chicken house and run, has been without then for years. She spends winters in Florida, so hadn’t wanted the fuss of them over the season. My SIL has agreed to care for them from Christmas until she returns in Spring. However, for now, she gets to enjoy their antics and hear Roostie’s call. They live in a very private setting on a pond and so no really close neighbors to annoy with his crowing. They were happy and so was she. A good day was had by all.
I am sure many of you have seen Fiberglass curtains, but maybe were unaware that they were, indeed, fiberglass. Many may simply recall them as a sort of shiny frilly curtain at Grandma’s.
fiberglasscurtains This add shows the style popular from the 1940’s through the late 50’s with the crossed frilled sheer curtain. You often see these in movies of the late 40’s in bedrooms as well as living rooms. There is something endearing about them to me now. While I may have thought them rather ‘icky’ their nostalgia value seems rather enticing to me now. I am certain these are easy enough to come by at local yard sales or Good Will. Do any of you have or recall such curtains?
The pricing is also interesting in this add as well as the celebrity endorsement of Arthur Godfrey. If we do the conversion from 1954 (when this ad is from) to today’s dollars, the curtains would be around. So the first price curtain at 1953 dollars of $4.98 would make it around $40.00 dollars today. I also find it interesting then when placing your order for these curtains, as you can do with the little cut out coupon, one could opt for COD (Cash on Delivery) I wonder if that ever exists today?
butterick6869 I just bought this lovely vintage pattern. It is actual vintage, not reprint, and is in really good condition. I am excited as it is a nice shirt dress. I like the flattened pleats in the front, the three sleeve options and the collar is adorable. I think making the color have a different color or a pattern with a solid dress and then making a matching belt would be very cute. It also looks like it would be a very comfortable working dress. I will, of course, post the results. I have not yet chosen a fabric or cut it out yet. The advantage to this being  an actual vintage pattern is some lovely lady in the past has already cut out the pattern for me.
homemakersguide In my last post I included pages from this text. A few of you asked what it was called. I have tried to find it on Amazon to put in my ‘corner store’ but no luck yet. There is much good information in it that I will share with you. A couple of you emailed me with the idea that as it is beyond its copyright date, I could scan it and sell it digitally. They said people do this now with older material and patterns. I have seen that done with older patterns. If anyone thought it was worth their while I could try and scan all of it and sell it for say $1 or so. It anyone is interested let me know and I will see how involved that would be, if not, then you can just enjoy the good stuff from it that I will share with you in the future.
This is just for fun, but here is a video of a 1956 color TV. Yes, color is now available, but rather expensive. This shot has Bonanza being shown, however Bonanza will not be created until 1959 (that’s three years away).
And to close today, a 1956 sign off from Columbus OH. Here in 1956 there is no 24 hour TV. You can’t wake up at 2 a.m. and expect to watch anything. At the end of a broadcast day, stations (which were local and part of your town and cities community) would sign off leaving only a test pattern. This is an interesting clip as you can hear and see what one would have seen at the end of a broadcast day here in 1956. So, with that, have a good Saturday.


  1. I would definitely buy that book if it's old enough that it would be ok to scan. Thanks for writing a great blog. I really enjoy reading it. :o)


  2. And remember, before a station signed off, there was usually a sermonette by a local clergyman, and a stirring rendition of the national anthem to follow.

    As always, 50sgal, thanks for the memories!

  3. I love the 40's frilly/sheer/crossed curtains.

  4. As a child in the 1970s, I remember the National Anth. sign-off, as well as the test-pattern. My family got our first color TV in 1986; it was still a 2 knob job with one dial for network stations, and the other for UHF. In 2008 we got cable TV for the first time - that was the year that they digitized TV where we live, in Boston, and we could no longer get reception without paying. We paid $12 per month for cable TV. We canceled it and now live without a TV. We just could not justify paying money for a non-
    necessity that was not doing anything to improve our lives.

  5. I'd be interested in the scanned info.How nice of you to share your chickens & rooster with your mum in law:)

  6. Scanned would be amazing!

    We had a b&w TV until I moved out of my parents' in 2002! Now my parents have two color TVs... and three channels.

  7. If you decide to scan the book, which I find very interesting, you should sell it for more than one dollar, since it is a great and time consuming job to scan a book. You could scan e.g. 10 pages a day to make the job a bit easier. I think 8-10 dollars would be appropriate and I would gladly pay, since there are no shipping costs involved. You could open your own little e-book shop! :) In fact I have put an e-book reader on my wish list, since there are so many (more than 50,000) free classic books to download, plus all the private scans of old interesting books. So that would really be a great investment I think. I do hope DH listen and give it to me for my birthday – which is in November. I remember your birthday was in late November too – could you give me the date? I would like to write you a birthday card. :)

  8. Oh my goodness, the test pattern! I am 28, but growing up we only had about 3 channels, just whatever the old rabbit ears could pick up, And I remember the test pattern.


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