Sunday, January 13, 2008

Vintage Girl's Own Annual

For my first post of 2008, I wanted to show you something
I consider really special.
The book below - The Girl's Own Annual
Edited by Flora Klickmann
dates around 1917.
I found this book during my recent holiday at
a very favourite antique shop in Tasmania.
This is a large publication of nearly 700 pages,
so I hope you will forgive my attempts to scan some
of the pages from the book. (This book is very thick
and scanning the inside was very difficult due
to the pages curving and distorting the print.)
However, what I have managed to show you is, I hope
of some interest to you.
There are a great many short stories in this book both
fictional and educational - but of course we are mainly interested
in the fashions and crafty articles, aren't we?

The very pretty cover.

Fashion update for 1917

What every young gardener should be wearing!

An easy apron to make and young fashions.

Do you crochet? These are especially
pretty patterns.

Below - making beads.

(click to enlarge)

It appears that I have been tagged!
Cathy from Hazelruthes has tagged me and I now have
to reveal 5 random things about me!
I really do want to keep this blog informative rather than
diary-like/personal but sometimes you can't escape it.
So here goes -

I don't drive!

I can wiggle my nose (but nothing magic happens!)

I have many obsessions (nothing new here) - one of
them is collecting toy dressers (cupboards/hoosiers?)
I needed somewhere to store my collection of toy tea sets!

I love to eat prawns. As a matter of fact, I had
garlic prawns at the pub last night.

I am fascinated with wooden dolls/toys - spoolknitters, kokeshi dolls,
matroushka's, and the like.

So now I have to tag another five bloggers-

Susan - Susaninstitches
Heidi - Needlenecessities
Becky- Sweetcottagedreams
Jane - Jane'sjots
Linda - Chloe'splace

(Oops! - It sounds like I had a holiday at an
antique shop - though it might be a great idea! LOL!)


catsmum said...

you ARE going to bring that up with you aren't you????
I'm assuming you are coming up for Fryerstown so I'll see you both in a week or so I guess.

Heidi said...

I am so glad you finally posted as I was becoming worried that something had happened!!! Judging by the incredible book of which I am insanely jealous :) you have had a wonderful time. How do you find these great items??? Yikes, I just did a tag on my other blog and now will have to put some thoughts to this one. I love the "I've Been Tagged" tag.

What are you plans for the new year? Any special projects you want to achieve?

Hugs ~

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Glad you are back!! What a wonderful book that you found! Great outfits and I wouldn't mind wearing a sleeveless coat...very fashionable! Thanks for the tag!! I have some catching up to do with these fun bits and awards to hand out still! Hugs to you!!!

SweetAnnee said...

That is one awesome treasure you found!!
I'd be browsing through it for HOURS!!
thanks for posting a bit of it.!!
smiles, deena

JGH said...

I found your blog doing a search on Girls Own Annual. I have a couple of these in the attic somewhere and thought I might dig them out.

I love the fashions you posted. Especially the gardnening ones. Can you imagine gardening in such a costume today?!?

crazyhaberdasher said...

Well, I guess you wouldn't be seen dead wearing that now.
Although reading through the description makes it seem quite practical.