Stuff in the Old Blue Trunk

As usual, I’m looking for something I can’t find.  And I thought–
“maybe it’s in the old blue trunk!”  and so I took a look:  (you can, too)

My grandmother gave me the trunk a long time ago–and it was sort of
an old tan color.  I painted it blue–though not quite the blue in the photos
because my camera was running out of juice . . .  still this is what it looks
like—–Wait! let’s start with what my grandmother looked like:

my grandmother, Evalyn ©booksandbuttons

my grandmother, Evalyn ©booksandbuttons

 

 

I loved my grandmother and for a
long time she lived next door to us.
She taught me how to crochet and
tat.  She used to make crocheted
covers for bars of soap–and they
ended up looking like turtles–cute.
She could make a little costume for
a tiny doll, too.  She taught me a
solitaire game and how to play rummy.

 

 

So this is the picture of the old blue trunk—and the inside of the cover had
–still has–a pretty photograph someone pasted in—my grandmother?  her
mother?  some day I’ll show you a photo of her mother . . .(yes, I think I know
where that is . . .)   Click on photos to enlarge.

the old blue trunk ©booksandbuttons

the old blue trunk ©booksandbuttons

inside the cover of the old blue trunk ©booksandbuttons

inside the cover of the old blue trunk ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

First thing I found was my old gloves with the faux pearls at
the wrist . ..
stuff in the old trunk 026

 

 

 

And then . . .wow! is THAT where Raggedy Ann is!!  I know someone
who will be surprised to see this photo!

©booksandbuttons

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old hankie with an embroidered "Teddy" and bear ©booksandbuttons

And an old hankie with an embroidered “Teddy”
and bear ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

Some interesting old doll clothes—all from a wardrobe for
a special doll:

white cotton cover dress with red trims ©booksandbuttons

white cotton cover dress with red trims ©booksandbuttons

terrific old brown cotton check two piece outfit ©booksandbuttons

terrific old brown cotton check two piece outfit ©booksandbuttons

underslip with scalloped bottom, hand sewn ©booksandbuttons

underslip with scalloped bottom, hand sewn ©booksandbuttons

and an old flannel cape with embroidered edging--and see the little gloves?? ©booksandbuttons

and an old flannel cape with embroidered edging–and see the little gloves?? ©booksandbuttons

Who is the special doll who has this fantastic wardrobe?  Why “Susan” of
course—she with her hand crocheted sweater and hat, and fabulous woolen
tailored plaid outfit—–

bisque doll with special wardrobe ©booksandbuttons

bisque doll with special wardrobe ©booksandbuttons

 

 

Check out her little red shoes with buckles, and hand embroidered stockings! ©booksandbuttons

Check out her little red shoes with buckles, and hand embroidered stockings! ©booksandbuttons

Well, the doll wasn’t in the trunk—and guess what ELSE wasn’t in the trunk.
Naturally, the thing I’m looking for wasn’t in the trunk, but still I had
a nice afternoon reminiscing.  (spell that!)

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10 Responses to Stuff in the Old Blue Trunk

  1. Buttondeb says:

    Those doll clothes are gorgeous. They deserve to be on display! And your Grandmother looks and sounds like a real peach.
    Lucky you, and thank you for sharing your treasures!

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Glad you enjoyed the little tour of clutter. And yes,
      a “peach” is a good description of my grandma. I think
      she would have liked that compliment.

  2. Momof3 says:

    Would you believe I have my raggedy Ann , and she looks new except the new dress my grandmom made for her?!

  3. Booksilver says:

    That cape is fantastic. Lucky Susan! And she’s a peach, too!

    I love the bluebirds around the pasted-in photograph. The girl in the picture looks like she’d be nice to meet and have an iced tea with.

    • booksandbuttons says:

      I wonder if someone pasted the picture in, or if the trunk
      came with that old decoration–new at the time.

  4. FictionFan says:

    Love the doll’s clothes – especially the brown check dress, which reminds me of the first ‘fashionable’ dress Anne of Green Gables ever had – expect it had puffed sleeves if memory serves correctly.

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Oh, that’s such a nice association for this old
      check “schoolgirl’ dress. If I ever reread Anne
      of Green Gables—and I might!–I’ll look for the
      brown check fashionable dress. Thanks.

  5. Stefanie says:

    That trunk is actually a treasure chest! Those doll clothes are gorgeous. I’d like that checked dress in my size!

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