|Supplement to Mother magazine|
There is an astonishing number of titles represented in the papers I have been sorting. Some are familiar because they are still being published - Woman's Weekly, Woman, Woman's Own, Woman and Home, My Weekly, Good Housekeeping, The Lady, as well as People's Friend. But many more have disappeared (usually merged into another magazine). And they all sound pretty much the same: Mother, Housewife, Wife and Home, My Home, Home Notes, Home Chat, Home Companion, Woman's Companion, Woman's Pictorial, Woman's Sphere, Woman's Friend, Woman's Way, Woman's World, Modern Woman. (You feel that you could easily invent endless plausible new titles: My Friendly Home, Housewife's World, ....)
There must have been an enormous volume of knitting patterns being produced for all these titles. Some of the jumpers I have seen are quite attractive, but perhaps the more boring patterns tended not to be kept and so are not in the collection. And there does seem to be an extraordinary number of patterns for swimsuits, which I don't find attractive at all. The very idea of a knitted woollen swimsuit is just appalling.