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Vintage Pattern Catalogs

This weekend the weather was unbelievably mild, the prefect weather to do some out door projects. So, while I used our mini rototiller to dig up some new flowerbeds, my hubby decided to finally get up in the attic of his garage to do some much needed cleaning.

I may have mentioned before, that we live in a lovely Victorian home that is 100 plus years old, and we’re only the third family to have lived in the house. The garage we discovered was the original carriage house, and my husband fondly calls it the “Swiss Cheese” because it’s riddled with holes and held together mostly by spray foam, he’s put in the large gaps. Despite the problems with the garage it is a good-sized two car garage with back workspace and a mini attic for storage. However, we have not been able to utilize the garage attic, because it was just full of debris and other garbage that we never found time to actually clean out, since we moved.

Now, on this cool sunny day, my hubby decided it was time to get up there and start cleaning. While vacuuming up layers of what seemed to be the shingles of the former garage roof my hubby came across a very interested find, which he knew I’d just be thrilled about.

He had found both a Simplicity and Vogue vintage pattern catalogs from 1959. Apparently the catalogs were complementary from the Ramsay’s store here in Pittsburg, KS. Which I assume that Ramsay’s was probably a general type store, or perhaps a fabric store. If anyone knows, let me know.

Anyways, back to the catalogs, they were in bad shape. Having set up in the garage attic, exposed to the heat and probably even some rain, they were just about to crumble apart. Unfortunately, I knew there was no way to save these wonderful finds, just turning the page the paper began to crumble. So, I decided to be very careful and quickly grab my iPhone, to archive this find with my camera. I was very delicate and managed to pry open each page of both catalogs in order to snap a shot before the paper disintegrated.

Here are the photos I took of the catalogs, enjoy!

Vogue Patterns
Vogue Patterns
First few pages of 1959 Vogue Pattern Catalog
First few pages of 1959 Vogue Pattern Catalog
Vintage Vogue patterns
Vintage Vogue patterns

Some of the pages were so worn and bent I had to use my hand to lay them flat in order to take a picture, so sorry about the fingers in the shot.

Interesting collar on the pattern on the right.
Interesting collar on the pattern on the right.
1959 Christmas edition Simplicity Pattern Catalog
1959 Christmas edition Simplicity Pattern Catalog
Cute Patty dresses from vintage Simplicity
Cute Patty dresses from vintage Simplicity
Apparently doll dress patterns were big for Christmas in 1959
Apparently doll dress patterns were big for Christmas in 1959
Patterns for the whole family, by Simplicity
Patterns for the whole family, by Simplicity
Simplicity encourages sewing for the hoildays
Simplicity encourages sewing for the hoildays

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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