Tag Archive: early 1900s

Generosity and Splendor

This is wonderful antique shop that I visited a few weeks ago, the same one where I bought the flour sack quilt. On that same visit, I walked into a large, airy room… Continue reading

A Cloud of Witnesses

This old photograph captures the essence of what I try to preserve in this blog – ordinary people, finding a sense of competence in knowing a skill of handwork — maybe even finding… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Football Dinner from 1905

It’s a cold, gray day — a perfect time for a cup of tea with my favorite party planner, Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott.  Years ago I picked up her 1905 book, Bright Ideas… Continue reading

Parlor Games from 1905 – the answers

Yesterday I posted some old-fashioned word games from the 1905 book Bright Ideas for Entertaining.  Here are the answers, plus a bonus game.  Enjoy! Here are the answers for “Can Factory.” Here are… Continue reading

Parlor Games from 1905

Here are a couple of parlor games from that Martha Stewart of the very early 20th century, Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott, as found in her wonderful book, Bright Ideas for Entertaining,  (1905, George… Continue reading

Christmas Entertaining in 1905

As Christmas gets closer, you may be wishing for a little touch of old-fashioned comfort and joy.  So here is one from my all-time favorite party book, Bright Ideas for Entertaining by Mrs.… Continue reading

Color Party, 1905-style

Working on the color blocks quilt reminded me of my favorite idea from that wonderful one-dollar bargain book, Bright Ideas for Entertaining, by Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott, 1905. Obviously these people were not… Continue reading

Halloween Textravaganza

I’m not a huge Halloween aficionado, but I do have a few items that might help you in planning a Halloween party.  It’s still early in the month – sure, you have time… Continue reading

Happy Feet

I’d always assumed these stockings were hand knit, just because they were made of cotton and had fancy stitches.  But since reading the 1914 book Textiles by William H. Dooley, I think they may… Continue reading

Late 1800s dress

This is a wool dress I bought at an antique shop in Richmond, Texas. I hope it was originally from up North, because I think this would be too hot and sticky to wear… Continue reading