Australian Home Journal 1953 vintage fashion gallery

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Time for a fashion parade! Here’s a collection of covers from the AHJ – all from 1953. Click on the covers to enlarge them. First, February. A full-skirted dress with a wrap-style bodice; a girl’s cap-sleeve frock; a sleeveless tennis dress. Next, March.Interesting foldover-sweetheart neckline dress with pleated detailing on the front; frock with gathered [...]

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Those vintage bedspreads…

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Retro Renovation (a blog of which I am a huge fan, oh my goodness the eye candy) has a new post up about upholstered bedspreads for the mid-century modern bedroom which you can buy from the site linked in the post. I had this post in my queue but thought I’d bump it up as [...]

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The Colorful Home – vintage Australian home renovation

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Many companies released “advertorial” brochures in the years after World War Two, as soon as restrictions were lifted and regular supply of things like paints and fabrics was resumed. Taubmans, an Australian paint company, released this lovely booklet – The Colorful Home by Anne Stewart. [There was a trend in the 40s to use American [...]

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Vintage embroidered tablecloth and napkin set

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Found at Bargain Hunter (Anglicare) in Queanbeyan. A white cotton tablecloth with cross stitch embroidery, and six matching napkins. Very pretty! Probably from the 1950s?  I think it was either my grandfather or grandmother who told me that these tablecloth sets were actually made in China, and the ladies who did the embroidery would stitch [...]

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Recent op shop finds

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Salvos Fyshwick had all handbags for $2, and what did I spy amongst the 90s vinyl? This! A vintage brown lizardskin handbag. Est. 1950s. The lining is leather with two elasticated pockets. After I get some reptile leather conditioner and tidy it up, the only flaw is a little crack in the underside of the [...]

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