A 1962 Bouffant Optical Illusion

When I first looked at this cover of the 1962 Christmas Recipes booklet, “To you, best ever, from” Wisconsin Power and Light Company, I thought the image was of one woman with a huge bouffant — or some furry hat. But apparently it’s a woman and her child.

Craft Scan Friday: “Your Home Will Bloom With Color”

This bit of ephemera, Artex Hobby Products, Inc. Pattern Booklet No. 731, copyright 1973, illustrates a bit of the history of women working from home.

Artex Hobby Products, Inc., of Lima Ohio, is no longer in business; but it was a member of the Direct Selling Association. The following scans are of the pages outlining the benefits of becoming an Artex Instructor, i.e. selling the Artex product line via party plans, and the pages for the Artex Painting Class hostesses, who receive Artex merchandise as their Hostess Awards.

You can, quite easily, earn $10 to $100 per week in your spare time, without neglecting your family…by joinng the Artex Family today.

A trip to Paris, a color TV, even a new car could be yours as these are just a few of the many wonderful extras that are awarded to Artex Instructors throughout the year.