Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | October 14, 2018

Vintage Clothing Patterns

Rural and less-densely populated urban areas of the country were once served by a variety of farm and family publications to meet of wide range of interests and needs. Among them was the promotion of mail order clothing patterns for home sewing. Below are some of the patterns companies which were once very popular here in Cornwall.

Butterick Publishing Company (1863 – 2001)
In 2001 The McCall’s Pattern Company acquired both Butterick and Vogue Patterns.

McCall’s Pattern Company (1870-Present)

Family Herald & Weekly Star Patterns (1896-1968)

Star Weekly Patterns (1910-1973)
Note the 2 cent postage in 1955.

Simplicity Pattern Company (1927-Present)

Advance Pattern Company (1933-1966)

Anne Adams newspaper patterns (1930s-1970s)

Even our daily newspaper played a role in their distribution.

In 1950 1 cent was all it took to mail a pattern,


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