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Tesseraea
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  7:57:03 PM  Show Profile Send Tesseraea a Private Message
Hello!

I work for a library, and a patron is asking us to help her find an old knitting pattern from the late 1960s. She brought in a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy, which is very faded. We used the information she gave us to try to locate a microfiche of the old magazine, but I thought perhaps some knitting experts (I'm not one) could give me some pointers on tracking this kind of thing down.

The article (says the patron) is from an old Women's Day magazine from November of about 1967-69. The headline seems to say "Stockings to Knit", and the pattern is five different variations on Christmas stockings, labeled Stocking A, Stocking B, and so on to Stocking E.

If anyone has a clue about where I might find this pattern, please respond here and I will check back in a while.

Thanks!

Tess

mrssuem
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  9:02:53 PM  Show Profile Send mrssuem a Private Message
Only a sugguestion, but did you try "Googling" for it, or how about also checking with the publisher of the magazine? It could also be any from any number of ladies magazines that were being published at the time. That's the best I can suggest for right now. Keep us posted if you do find them.

Sue
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Tesseraea
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  9:40:37 PM  Show Profile Send Tesseraea a Private Message
Thanks, Sue! I Googled the phrase "women's day" and "stockings to knit" and didn't find much. But I have the feeling the Women's Day angle is the part that's leading in the wrong direction!

At the bottom of the copy, you can just barely make out _____ Publications Inc. Printed in U.S.A.; and at the top it looks like it says November 19_6, and that's about it.

The patron says it's from the late 1960s, so it might be November 1966, but we really won't know until we see the microfiche!

Well, that's what we're there for, I guess. If it were me I'd just find a new pattern, but she wants to recreate the stockings her aunt made for her when she was a kid. (And I have to admit that's a pretty cute idea.)

Anyway, thanks for helping!

Tess
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Tesseraea
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  10:03:11 PM  Show Profile Send Tesseraea a Private Message
Hmm, make that "Woman's Day", I just realized one of the reasons I wasn't getting much results was that it's singular not plural. Ought to know better, working in a library!

Tess
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rebeccaL
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  04:17:38 AM  Show Profile Send rebeccaL a Private Message
You can also try ebay, sometimes people are selling old magazines, if you can't find the microfiche. For that matter, someone may have that issue on ebay and then you can figure out which issue it is and if you have the microfiche.

Rebecca

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knittingbaglady
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  05:02:11 AM  Show Profile Send knittingbaglady a Private Message
Those are the kind of things you find by chance when not looking...

Martha.

Good luck!

http://www.greenmountainknittingbags.com/
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Paris2005
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  08:58:00 AM  Show Profile Send Paris2005 a Private Message
Just an idea/suggestion...

Perhaps the patron could contact the publisher directly for the pattern. They may have archives that are easier to search.

Good luck and happy hunting :) !

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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  10:07:42 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Perhaps this might help, it is a listing from the Duluth library which includes the source of 19 Christmas stocking patterns from Woman's day. I don't know how to read the library markings.

http://www.duluth.lib.mn.us/Books/HolidayBooks/ChristmasNF.html

fran

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Tesseraea
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  9:20:42 PM  Show Profile Send Tesseraea a Private Message
Thanks Fran, we have that book in our collection (it's cute, too, the book is actually in the shape of a stocking) ... but it's new, and this pattern is allegedly from the 1960s.

Tess
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PatriciaG
Chatty Knitter

USA
290 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2005 :  10:50:21 AM  Show Profile Send PatriciaG a Private Message
Tess,

Look at this site. The second page has 5 stockings from 1986. However, it is not Woman's Day, but Woman's Circle. The fact that it is five stockings and the year ends in a 6 was coincidental enough to point it out.

http://www.vintageknits.com/xmas2.html

Patricia in West Sac., CA.

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  1:36:23 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
Patricia, thanks so much what a GREAT site.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  08:43:18 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message
Tess did the site have the pattern you werre looking for?

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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