Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Evening Paper

Over the weekend I bought this trunk at a garage sale.  It is at least 70 years old and only cost me $12.  

Currently the trunk is sitting open on the back porch "airing out."  It has a lot of smell to shed before I can use it for anything.  That is not keeping me from getting $12 of pleasure from the  September 3, 1946 copy of the Detroit News that has been hiding out inside the trunk all these years.  Actually I only have pages 5-16 but those pages are a snap-shot of what was going on here and in the rest of the world at that time. 

I thought you might get a kick out of some of the articles and advertisements from this paper.  Just to give you some context - it had barely been a year since WWII ended and the world was still recovering from that.  The world was still overtly chauvinistic (as compared to covertly chauvinistic as it is now).
Anyway - on to the fun stuff.  I you need to see something more clearly - just double click the picture.

From Hudson's - the premier department store in Detroit at the time - some very affordable mirrors for your home:

If you're feeling a little bloated or irritable on 'certain days' of the month.  The complete title said "WHAT SUFFERING DO A SOCIETY QUEEN and SCRUB WOMAN have in common?"

And when you are feeling a little more spry you can head out to have a fitting for your vintage spanx!

And learn how to age gracefully - some things never change...

These days were the advent of aerosol deodorant.  Thank goodness for that - these must certainly be the precursors to spray paint! 

After your slenderized and refreshed slip into your new suit with a stylish peplum jacket.  Since 1946 peplums have been in style 3 times that I can remember - including this year.  The dolman sleeve maybe only 2 times - now not being one of them.

Are your sons headed off to college?  Be sure they are campus ready!

Maybe you'd like to go see a movie.  It's so BIG it's going to be showing at TWO theatres!

Perhaps you feel like a little home improvement...I've never (ever) seen anything like this...

 I would actually LOVE to have one of these puppies...

Here we have a band leader playing psychologist...  things that make you go hmmmmm..

I think this woman was a 1946 version of a DIY blogger!

State Fairs and Harvest Festivals - the world first LINKY PARTIES!

And then there is the REAL news - the AROUND THE WORLD section was on page 15.

 Very interesting.

I hope somebody found this fun and interesting.  I promise more projects soon.

Make something wonderful today!

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Little Miss Maggie said...

The more things change the more they stay the same; right? Thanks so much for sharing this old newspaper. The trunk is very cool, but the paper was PRICELESS! And you know what never changes are the advertisements in the papers and the magazines. I think that's what makes blogging so fun. Oh yeah, there are some blogs full of advertisements but the content of the blog is still great. Your post made me smile A LOT. Thanks, Karen.

Becky said...

What a fantastic find! Thanks for sharing that. It made my night! The trunk looks interesting too. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

plaits and paisley said...

Great trunk.
What makes the newspaper find so good, is that there probably won't be newspapers for much longer, with the internet! I wonder what they will think of our ads and articles in 50 years or so? x

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I LOVE that! I'm a sucker for that stuff and have a couple old papers myself....I just can't let them go! It's so fascinating to see, as Maggie said, that the world hasn't changed that much, just the outside dressing! By the way, I haven't done anything special with mine but I opened them flat and put them between a couple sheets of cardboard and they are just under the chaise longue in my bedroom....I think....
Blessings, Lorraine

Bliss said...

That is nothing to joke about!


Stacey Stuwe said...

Super cute post! Someone had pinned on Pinterest that you can get the smell out of things with kitty liter, don't know if it works but it makes sense. Just thought i would share ;)

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Very interesting! I want a flat trunk but always seem to find the ones that have a curved top! If you put a bowl of charcoal in your trunk it will help absorb the odor.

Kerin said...

What a great find!
love those old newspaper ads and articles.

I've heard that kitty litter helps absorb musty smells too.

Smiles :)

Cecilia said...

Oh that's too funny! Thanks for sharing that! Good luck with getting the funk out of the trunk ( sorry! :)) What a good find - can't wait to see what you do with it.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Thank you so much for posting this! I am a huge history buff and I really enjoyed looking at this. :)

fiona anderson said...

I loved reading these pages Karen, some of them don't sound like they were written over 60 years ago. And you're right - the fashions just come around again and again.
I would like to try some of that 'vegetable compound' - not because I think it would work, but because I like vegetable juice !!!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

These are so great. Some things certainly don't change. I love it. Thanks for taking the time to post these. I had a good time checking them out!

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from HoH to see your trunk and fell in love with the newspaper ads and articles. I collect vintage paper and often scan it to make paper for decoupage. My hint for the smell: filled the trunk with new newspaper and a bowl of white vinegar. Sometimes cheap dollar store vanilla will work if you like the smell of vanilla. Leave it outside a hot sunny days with the lid open.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What an awesome $12 treasure...great trunk and wonderful old ads. Hop over and share with us at NTT.


Unknown said...

The newspaper itself is worth the 12 bucks! SCORE all the way around here.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Too funny - love that old time spanx!! That trunk is amazing too - $12 - score!!

daisypetals said...

This is Melissa@daisymaebelle.com. I love this old trunk! You got a steal for $12!


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