Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alice Attraction Rehab Underway

So our friends over at MiceChat have recently posted some photos of the Alice attraction as it is undergoing rehab.  Fingers crossed that the exterior vine track will stay!  Head on over there to take a look at their photos!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Kent Feedsack - Merit Chicken Feed Advertisement - October 1951

This is awesome, the only one I've ever seen, and I don't even know from which publication it came.  It is an ad for chicken feed featuring the Alice in Wonderland feedsack promotion.
This ad came out of a fantastic scrapbook I purchased about 10 years ago that belonged to a little boy in Texas.  This kid was just like me - totally obsessed with Disney's Alice.  The entire scrapbook is filled with all things Alice from when the movie came out, and this filled an entire page.

Based on the date on the bottom of the page it must be some sort of monthly  publication, and it is oversized, page size is about 11x14, and this is page 55.  It is newsprint rather than glossy, and it has browned considerably; the scan above has been heavily photoshopped by me.  If anyone has any idea from which publication this came, I will be in your debt.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kent Feedsack - Homemade Items

Since the entire purpose of these printed feedsacks was to enable homemakers to sew clothes or other items from them, let's take a look at some!
This is a baby blanket made with not one but two full feedsacks, and one of each pattern.  Interesting that they chose the yellow and green colors, guess this was a shower gift and they chose non-traditional gender colors.
This looks like a smock or dress or pinafore for a very young girl, no more than 18 months I would guess.  It laces up the back.
This is an apron, probably made for a little girl to help her mother with the chores.
And this is another apron, could be for a girl or Mom, but is in very good shape, doesn't look like it was every used.

I love stuff like this, things that were actually used as they were designed.  I have a few other items like this, but they appear to be small tablecloths or perhaps basket liners and as such just look like a big square, so not the interesting to photograph.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kent Feedsack - Alice Cast in Yellow

Last of the series, and again a color unique to this pattern, yellow.
This colorway is special, well sort of.  It is the one and only example I have that remains a flour sack complete with label.  All others that I have have had the label removed, although some remain sacks.
Notice the Percy Kent logo in the upper right corner of the label.
So that makes two patterns, two styles (feed and flour), and 5 colors per pattern, with 4 colors specific to one pattern or another (to date).  That makes 10 distinct colorway/pattern combinations, with another 10 potential variations for feed/flour - although I've only encountered feedsacks in two colors and only in the Alice Cast pattern.  I don't even know if the two different fabrics correspond to differences in flour vs feed, but it is the only distinction I can imagine.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kent Feedsack - Alice Cast in Blue

A new color, specific to this pattern, blue.
This is the only feedsack I've encountered in this color, and it is a true feedsack with the loose open weave.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kent Feedsack - Alice Cast in Pink

Third in the series, and again the last of the common colors of the two patterns is pink
This example does have a good image of the selvage printing.  Unlike the Painting the Roses Red pattern, this pattern simply states From Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland © WDP.  Again, this colorway is the only variation in this pattern for which I do not have a full sack.  Help me find one :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kent Feedsack - Alice Cast in Green

Second in the Alice Cast pattern is green.
Lots of odd color combinations here, but the King and Tweedles are fairly normal.

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