|Isn't she a winsome looking thing?|
...a chalk figurine and quite tall, about 15 inches from the tip of her bonnet to the hem of her dress. I've never seen one like this, although I'm familiar with the child figures and the Alsatian dog chalk statues. Actually, it was the colour of her dress that drew my attention and it's a near perfect match to my kitchen walls! What I do like about her though, is the contrast between the 'butter wouldn't melt' expression on her face and the rather saucy low necklace exposing her chalky decolletage.
Changing the subject, I've brought some more dress patterns; they were 40p each so I couldn't quibble about that. I like the very vintage looking pinnys and the nighties look like a sewing possibility too:
A couple of years ago, I found a 1939 copy of the Girl's Own Annual at a boot sale; well, it's got a companion now: Volume 57 dating from 1936:
|I love those gauntlets!|
These are very weighty books; this copy has a total of 624 pages crammed full of stories of derring do led by plucky heroines with names like Nora, Nancy, Daphne and Peggy. Here's a glimpse of their escapades:
|Peggy had been reading 'The Well of Loneliness' too...|
It also includes craft ideas such as Toy Animals are Always Popular and these natty make-overs:
|I bet even Kirsty hasn't thought of this!|
And don't forget about those sporting tips: Lacrosse Stickwork Practice and how to perfect that double dive...
|I don't think Husband and I will be attempting the 'double dive' at the local Lido!|
...etiquette: Please Play Fair - "When you are invited to tea by your friend I am quite sure you will wipe your shoes before entering" [the usual good manners you'd expect] "....You wouldn't dream of chipping and damaging your friend's furniture and woodwork with a pocket knife or carving your initials on the bookcase..." [what! these 'naice' girls carried knives?!] and finally those all important cookery recipes; Camilla's Cooking - Home-made Ginger Beer. Wizard!
All stirring stuff indeed for the young lady of the Thirties and enough of the printed word to keep a schoolgirl bookworm occupied throughout the year.
Finally, I'll leave you with this snippet of information from the Girls Own annual, which still rings true for knitters some seventy-five years later: