Le Petit Echo de la Mode

Today I received a *wonderful* treasure in the mail, sent by my dear friend Sabine. She sent me several old, original issues of a French fashion magazine, dating from 1946 Le Petit Echo de la Mode, somewhat like a Ladies Home Journal.

The magazine, printed like a newspaper came out weekly, and on occasion every two weeks. What fun to look through the pages and discover the tips and suggestion du jour! A real treat to see recipes and read about keeping your house looking fresh for spring, adverstisements for sponges (Spontex) and hair pieces (postiches)… though my favourite would have to be the ad just under those two, and above the one about removing rust stains – how to embellish your bust!

… of how to knit the perfect bikini and have a matching beach bag too, and the current movie reviews…

… and advice on assembling your wardrobe for your upcoming camping trip/bike ride/ boat ride (with patterns to sew it yourself!) and ideas for you children’s spring outfits…

This is only a small sample of all the goodies found inside these fashion journals. I only looked at the magazines quickly tonight, but will take time to devour them more fully after our quick trip to Paris in the next two days and our longer vacation to America starting this weekend. It is such fun to see what the ‘modern’ woman was up to in 1946. This is just the kind of thing I would have loved to share with my grandmother… What do you think they will all say when they come across our fashion magazines in 64 years?!

Merci Beaucoup Sabine!


About Alexandra

wife, lover, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher, blogger, scrap-booker, cross-stitcher, photographer, designer, multi-lingual speaker, dual-citizenship holder, world traveler, dreamer... hopeful, happy, blessed
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One Response to Le Petit Echo de la Mode

  1. Catherine says:

    How cool is that! WOW! Now that’s something to hang onto! Where-ever did Sabine find these? In someone’s old basement???

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