Dating advice for women circa 1950
As the 19th century progressed, advances in aniline dye manufacturing processes expanded the color palettes available, and beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts continued to be made, using the extra fabric choices available.
The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.
In this case, these pieces of fabrics must have come from an affluent family as they are so expensive.
The backing used is homespun linen, and the thread is linen.
Nicholas, hearts and birds similar to those seen on Chester County, Pennsylvania quilts.
All the work on this incredible textile is appliqued and reverse appliqued on linen from a variety of early turkey red calicoes dating from the late 18th century up until the time this coverlet was created.
After the American Revolutionary War, quilters began to make more pieced quilts, and also developed the appliqué technique of Broderie Perse.
The vegetable dyes available in the 18th and 19th century limited the colors available, but those same rich, deep tones are just the ones many are seeking today.
Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots.
In one example, a black-and-white ad sees a woman dressed as Mrs Christmas with a speech bubble coming from her saying: 'They all want the same thing, Santa' - the thing being an ironing board.
The photos and illustrations reveal the chauvinism that underscored the advertising industry - especially during the lucrative yuletide season. And a 1954 Pepsi advert encourages women to drink the beverage so they don't pile on pounds at Christmas.