Monday, July 23, 2007

History in an envelope

I purchased this Kaumagraph embroidery pattern with designs for trapunto,
Vintage Kaumagraph Trapunto Pattern, 1945

but the real jewel is what was inside the envelope.
There was an old letter from the USO, dated 1945 (the date of the transfers also)
USO letter
I don't know anything about the scrapbooks referred to here--do you know what those were?

But also inside was a drawing of how the lady who owned this pattern was going to use it to decorate a dress:
designs ideas

This fascinates me.
Did she ever complete her big plans, or did this join the pile of unfinished projects?
It's doubtful she completed the dress, because most of these transfers are unused.
Who was she?
Just a few lines on a piece of paper can invite so many questions.

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8:24 PM  
Blogger The Calico Cat said...

I love how you got more than you bargained for in that envelope, but not in joshua's comment - ugh.

4:30 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Cool letter and drawing. I love stuff like that. Unexpected finds. I love these patterns that you are finding. I need to get out more to antique shops and junk stores.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Pattie - Chicagoland, IL said...

Isn't this the best? I often find little bits of papers and notes from long ago in books that I find thrifting.

I think they are much more interesting than the actual book! It's like sharing in the life of someone you will never meet. What a terrific find.

I did a Google search and there seems to be little on the scrapbook....yet...maybe we will find more?

8:34 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

What a unique find! I'll think I'll do some research on those USO scrapbooks. :)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Suburban prep said...

The drawing is great.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe sixty years ago 'scrapbook' had a different connotation - yearbook, perhaps? Could she be ordering a book to commemorate the USO's year? The letter is from October, late enough in the year to make little difference.

What marvelous things you found. It's lovely when you purchase a momento only to discover you've bought an entire story.

8:27 PM  
Blogger barbie2be said...

i love the patterns in this picture. and what a find in that letter!

10:22 AM  

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