Woman's Day was first published in 1931 as a free A&P in-store menu/recipe planner.
In 1936 with the opening of A&P's first modern supermarket in Braddock Pennsylvania, the publication was expanded to include feature articles on childcare, crafts, food preparation, cooking, home decor, needlework and health. It sold for Two Cents. By 1944, Woman's Day had a circulation of 3 million. (more Woman's Day History....Woman's Day-Wikipedia)
My first interest being that it was published the year I was born and was the FIRST Crochet Annual.
Secondly, The Featured State Flower Bedspread and the block of Texas Bluebonnets. Afterall, I am about all things TEXAS.
Funny thing about the instructions and getting the pattern for bluebonnets. It seems that in 1947, if you wanted explicit directions for making your State Flower Block you better be from Wyoming.
For all the rest of us, we'd better be advanced crocheters who could chart Bluebonnets using Wyomings Pattern directions as a Sample Guide, and want a Crochet State Flower Bedspread more than anything else in the whole wide world. One should also be prepared to invest in 45 balls of white or ecru Knit-Cro-Sheen and a size 7 crochet hook.
In today's market of $2.45 per ball, the thread alone adds up to $110.25...plus a set (always buy the set..you get lots of extras) of the latest ergonomic hooks with elastomeric comfort grip, two thread needles, a pair of high-quality thread scissors, a 4" plastic ruler and an attractive clutch for storage...all for $39...bought ONLINE.
MyOMy...wouldn't the Crocheter's in 1947 flip out over today's prices...but they would love the 'Tulip Steel Crochet Hook Set with Scissors'. And the Online part....they'd be scratchin' their heads over that...like I was scratchin' mine over 'Charting and Crocheting Texas Bluebonnets'.
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