I found numerous iron-on transfers, from silhouettes to cowboys to graceful ladies, flowers and butterflies.
And then there's Barnacle Bill. According to Wikipedia, "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" was a bawdy drinking song, of which the first printed version appeared in 1927. The song inspired a Betty Boop cartoon and two movies. In the first Popeye the Sailor cartoon, Barnacle Bill was used as the inspiration for what would become the Bluto character. Wikipedia furnished the lyrics of the song, and since this is a family blog, I won't repost them here! Nonetheless, I was a little surprised to find Barnacle Bill among the iron-on transfers!
Who remembers bobbins like these?
These are a set of "Sta-Tied" braided elastic shoelaces. They are thick, and quite stretchy. I can't imagine these wearing out any time soon... The Nov. 28, 1958 issue of the Mason City, Iowa Globe-Gazette features an article on the Sta-Tied Lace Co. and their new shoestring, said to be most ideally suited for sports footwear. The University of Iowa and Notre Dame University athletic departments had already begun using their laces.
Tiny rick rack! Never seen it this small.
And lastly, this most interesting mending kit, apparently for silk stockings -
The directions say to "Tear off Run-Arrestor Wand like any match book stick. Moisten with tongue and touch both ends of stocking run. Mend before washing." Included are mending threads of many different shades.
This item was manufactured by the Real Silk Hosiery Mills, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana.
That's all for now, but more to come.