The Old Time Farm Magazines: Inexpensive Gifts, Life Lessons, and Married Life

Read articles from old farm magazines that give advice on inexpensive gifts, life lessons, and married life.

| November/December 1975

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    Read articles from old farm magazines that give advice on inexpensive gifts, life lessons, and married life.

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The following pages are taken from The Prairie Farmer, Green's Fruit Grower, and The Farm Journal dated 1911 to 1943 

Inexpensive Gifts are Still Pleasing

By Sara Rodney
Expensive, elaborate articles are frequently not as pretty or useful as those which cost much less. Often a small gift, artistically made, and given with the true kindly spirit of Christian love, carries more good will with it, both to the recipient and giver than more costly gifts. To many it is humiliating to receive costly gifts, when their own circumstances will not permit making a similar return.

If you wish to give a girl or young woman a small, acceptable gift, find out if she has a pretty dressing sacque. This suggestion, as all of the following, are for those who have the time to make their Christmas presents. Dressing sacques are really easily made, and convey warmth and comfort as well as pleasure in their loose folds. If you can afford it, of course eider down is best for winter wear, but pretty outing flannel, which only costs 10 cents per yard, is very serviceable. Choose some dainty color. Get a pattern if you are not an adept at dressmaking, though the ordinary shirtwaist pattern will answer for many to work with, allowing the sacque to be a trifle longer and fuller. Tucks or pleats are a matter of choice. Trim the collar with lace and cat-stitch down the front and around the bottom with silk which harmonizes with the material used. If you cannot turn out an attractive gift, with little expense, which will carry unlimited good will and pleasure with it, I am very much mistaken.

I know of a very pretty sacque which was a dear little girl's Christmas remembrance, from an extremely wealthy friend. It gave as much pleasure as jewels, or even more, for it carried no weight of being too much remembered. This sacque was made from pale blue and white dimity, trimmed with lace.

Crocheted and knitted bedroom slippers, or bed socks without soles, make acceptable gifts. Shawls or shoulder capes are warm and comfortable through the long, cold winter months. A stocking bag made from colored cretonne or denim forms a very useful gift for a busy housewife, with many heelless stockings for her fireside companions.

Rockefeller Began His Career at $4 a Week

The November "American Magazine" contains a very remarkable sketch of John D. Rockefeller, written by H. M. Briggs, who was the oil king's friend and his personal body guard for many years. Of the many intimate anecdotes which Mr. Briggs tells of Rockefeller the following is not one of the least interesting:

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