This post is about luck, on several different levels. I feel so lucky to live in a time when communication with other collectors, history lovers and vintage nuts is so easy. It seems like all I have to do is make a post about some obscure designer or store or manufacturer, and the information just starts flowing.
A year ago I posted photos of a Brooke Cadwallader scarf I had found. The Cadwallader name is well-known to scarf and textile collectors, and anyone who has ever found one of his scarves will know from the quality that they have a special object. But for the most part, Brooke Cadwallader has been forgotten and information about him is hard to come by. Information is so scarce that if one does a google search for him, my old blog post is first in the results. Because of that, I still get lots of hits to that post, and people are continuing to share what they know about Cadwallader and his textiles.
One poster, Janis, mentioned that the Cadwalladers designed a special scarf every year that they gave out as Christmas gifts. I’m asking you, how lucky were those friends, when the cost of a Brooke Cadwallader scarf was about $175 in today’s dollar?
Then a few days ago, another reader, Beth, posted that she had found some of the Christmas scarves at a sale some years ago. Again, I’d say Beth is pretty darned lucky. And she’s nice too, because she sent photos for me to share, and she gave some links to some very informative old articles about the Cadwalladers. If you want to learn more about Brooke Cadwallader, you must read this article from Colliers, 1944, and this one from the New York Post, 1947. Especially interesting was the story about how he and wife Mary left Paris as the Germans were occupying the city.
Note the poodles. If you look at the New York Post article you’ll see a photo of Mary holding her poodle.
All images courtesy and copyright of Beth Walker.