For the past two days here in the Southern mountains it has been rainy, sleety and cold. But hopefully this is really the end of winter, and the weatherman is my new BFF, as he has predicted sunny skies and highs in the 60s and 70s for the next five days. All I can say is that he’d better deliver.
I thought about saving this fantastic skating theme scarf for December, but then I realized that a good scarf is a good scarf, regardless of the theme and the time of year.
That must be the crazy scarf elf. Is he matchmaking?
That little tyke is going to learn to skate whether he wants to or not!
And I want to say a huge “Thank You” to Juliet of SixCatsFun Vintage for sending this lovely gift. I don’t know what I’ve done to create such a nice bunch of readers, but believe me, I’m so grateful for all of you.
In 1935 President Roosevelt signed into law the Works Progress Administration (changed to Works Projects Administration in 1939) which spent billions to create jobs during the height of the Great Depression. Most of the money was spent on construction projects (many communities got a new library or post office or bridge) but a small part of it was spent on the arts. Artists and writers and musicians were put to work on projects that were to benefit the population at large.
One way artists were employed was in the creation of posters. From 1936 through the end of the program in 1943, over 2000 posters were created. They advertised theatrical productions, encouraged the use of public libraries, educated about the evils of syphilis, promoted our Nation Park system and promoted tourism.
The United States Library of Congress has a collection of 906 of these posters, and all of them are viewable online as part of the library’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. Even better, there is no known restriction on their use as they were commissioned by the US government as part of the New Deal.
Also check out the other resources in the Prints and Photographs Catalog. Many are pre-1923, and thus are in the public domain. Just be sure to check the rights and restrictions for each division. That information is easily found in the left sidebar.
Some of my favorites from the WPA collection:
The USA is in the grip of an arctic air mass, so I thought some nice, warm vintage ski gloves would be in order. These gloves (or are they mittens?) from White Stag feature a zipper on the back of the hand, and probably date from the 1940s or early 50s.
White Stag was originally a tent manufacturer, and through the 1960s canvas continued to be a favored material. The outside of these gloves are a fine gauge canvas, and they are lined with cotton flannel. The palms are a light blue leather. There is elastic at the wrist and again at the end of the glove.
You might think that the metal zipper would be cold against the back of the hand, but these are crafted so that the flannel overlaps the zipper completely, and so it does not come in contact with the skin.
It’s an interesting design, similar in concept to hunter’s gloves, except that on them the opening is on the palm side and is across the bottom of the fingers.
After I bought these last summer I started looking at White Stag ads from the 1940s, hoping to get a glimpse of gloves with a zipper. I found plenty of their gloves that have a similar shape, and several with what appear to be a leather palm, but none had the zipper. I’ll continue looking, and would appreciate any of you skiers and sportswear collectors out there providing me with any information you might have about this type of glove.
This label is very similar to the one from the 1940s and early 50s.