Thursday, February 11, 2010

McCall’s Magazines from the 1940s

I believe that magazines from the 1940s are the best!  I have, let me think here, three and they are all McCall’s.

What I like about the copies of McCall’s from the forties is that, they are organized into three three distinct sections: “Fiction and News,” “Home Making,” and “Style and Beauty.” My favorite sections are the latter two.

In the homemaking section I have found many recipes I would love to try. And as my copies are from the WWII era, they talk about saving/rationing certain ingredients to help win the war.  Someday I hope to try some of the recipes. When I do I’ll post my results here.

The style and beauty section has listings of the current trends and patterns. They also tell you how to reuse your old clothing, tablecloth’s, etc, into something new to save fabric. Sometimes I do this myself with clothing, but  not often. Like when ever I through away an old article of clothing, I look for a couple things. First, buttons I can use again. Second, trim that is not torn or unusable in any way.  Thirdly, see if I can’t use the fabric in some other way. Though mostly I will just through it away at this point. For it is mostly clothing that I have had for years and I am sick of the fabric and ready for change.

Here are a bunch of pictures from my magazines:





  1. I just found your blog on the Feelin' Feminine blogroll. You find the cutest vintage pictures--so fun!! I enjoyed seeing them :)

  2. Oh, Ashley, those are soo cute! :) We have some old
    1940s "Make and Mend for Victory" magazines that I'm quite partial to. One day, Lord willing, when I have a little extra time, I'd love to be able to recreate some of their ideas. Where did you find your old magazines?

    xo~ Achaia

  3. Lisa, I'm delighted that you like my blog.

  4. Hi, Achaia!

    Those magazines sound lovely! I've seen a few pages at the Imperial War Museum last fall. when ever you get around to doing some of their ideas, I'll love to see pictures! :)

    I found my magazines at antique malls, and sometimes I find some at library book sales. In fact, I just found some crocheting and knitting magazines from the 40s, 50s, and early 60s today at a book sale. I'm definitely going to share pictures, so you can look out for those.

    Where do you find yours?



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