Before the reveal, you should know the 'Old Pattern's' came from an unknown person and place. As a Genealogist and History Buff, I'm always on the watch for hints of a personal nature when saving/restoring/collecting stuff that previously meant something to someone.
When it comes to sewing memorabilia, I feel a special connection and appreciation for the former owners and their efforts in creating a handmade garment or a piece of needlework. Often on patterns, notes are taken as reminders of changes made for the next time the pattern is used. I suspect this collection belonged to one person who used many of the patterns over and over again. Such is the case with Simplicity Pattern #4464 printed in 1953.
This pattern's envelope was overly stuffed with what I assumed was hastily folded/wadded tissue pattern pieces. So, when I attempted to take out the instruction sheet to find the copyright date all the contents fell out of the bottom.
Folded in with the tissue pieces were the front and back pants patterns cut out from a newspaper which had yellowed with age. The tissue pieces were in excellent condition, but the newspaper was a bit fragile and had straight pins holding it together.
As the newsprint was unfolded I was in hopes there would be a headline or some indication of a date. I felt sure it would be from the 1950's as the pattern's date was 1953.
Sure enough...it was...Thursday, August 15, 1957 in Big Spring, Texas.
The JET Drive In Picture Show's Feature Movie that night was
FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN staring Jane Russell
But what everyone was waiting for started on Friday night.
TEENAGE REBEL starring Ginger Rogers and Michael Renne
Recommended For Everybody...Except
Adults with a Guilty Conscience!
I was 10 years old...my parents did not have a guilty conscience...yet!