Getrödelt, Gefunden, Gefreut!

Puh, I know, this is my first post in weeks. I’m so sorry, but life got so busy, I just didn’t know where to start. I went to a conference in France, from France I flew directly to London for a job interview (and no, I will stay in Switzerland) and when I came back I went straight back to work the next morning only to welcome my father in the evening and already the next day we started moving.
Now, the moving is done, the old flat is empty, clean and given back to the housekeeper and but for a few untidy spots the new flat is complete. Right in the middle of moving I was also handed my MA-certificate, so now I am officially an art historian 🙂

So, as you can hopefully understand, I had lots of things to do and I had to neglect both blogging and sewing for a few weeks. Now my life is nearly back to normal and this month’s Getrödelt, Gefunden, Gefreut!-post is not only the post to say “welcome back”, but also the post where I will show you what I found in the weeks before the move.



As every month, SwinginCat of Beswingtes Allerlei is hosting Getrödelt, Gefreut, Gefunden! and I am really happy to be able to join again this month.

I went to France by train, but had to fly to London and from there back to Switzerland, so I had to keep the flight restrictions in mind before I left as well as in Lyon itself.
But, call it fortune or misfortune, on my first day in France, the only one that I had some free time, I ran into a flea market. It had been raining the whole day, so maybe I should be happy that there were only a few completely soaked sellers left.
And those are the things I took with me: a fabric covered glove box and a plastic Singer-box as well as some buttons. I tried to convince myself that the boxes could be filled with small garments and would need hardly any space in my suitcase, so it would be ok to buy them.

The lid of the glove box is covered with a printed fabric with light pink stripes on the sides, the bottom part is covered with blue paper.

The gloves are mine, it was empty when I bought it. Finally my gloves do have a home amd were able to move out from the box they had to share with my belts.

The second box is a original Singer-box. I assume it was used for sewing machine attachments. The red buttons will be used on my 40ies winter coat (I didn’t want to make a seperate photo of them).

I use them to store my machine needles. Can you see those metallic ovals in the foreground? They were still inside the box, I assume they were used to make buttonholes, though I have no idea, how.

All those three items were very reasonable priced. I paid 4€ for the glove box, 3€ for the Singer box and 2€ for the four buttons.

Now…lets talk about…addiction. You may know, I am addicted to books. I own too many of them, I buy too many of them, I read too little of them and I had a very hard time of getting rid of some of them before we moved. I knew we were moving, when I was in France, when I went to flea markets in the weeks before, I knew my boyfriend had already promised me, that I would have to carry my books on my own (and I did!).

still…I can’t help it:

I can’t pass on beautiful mid-century or earlier hard covers of famous authors or novels.

(from top to bottom: Novalis/ Fouqué, Graham Greene – The third man, Jules Verne – From the earth to the moon)

Just as well I had to buy this cute little 50ies book on silk (on the first page you can still see the price I paid: 7€):

And an especially weak spot of mine in books: 19th century fashion magazines. They are very high-priced in Germany as well as in Switzerland, but affordable in France (as long as you stay in the 19th century, I am still craving for that 1920ies issue, but the seller in the antique book shop asks more than 200€ for it).

The “Journal des Demoiselles” from 1878. Some of the plates are damaged or even torn, but they are still there, a lot of those compilations were cut and the plates sold seperately. That’s why I never buy those plates seperately or framed, I don’t want to support this practice (and that doesn’t only apply to fashion plates, but to other fields of interests as well)

Ok, and the last items for today, the topic is still books, but the content has changed from fashion to…cooking. Yes, my collection of old cook books is growing.

The Maggi-cook book has only very few recipes printed inside and was meant as a start to a handwritten recipe collection. The book itself is not dated, but the earliest recipe with a year given dates from 1932.

The fabric covered book is the Bernese educational cook book, that is being published until today. Those were books to learn cooking as a young girl when having home economics in school (I think most Germans know Dr. Oetkers Schulkochbuch). This issue dates from 1936 and is in deplorable condition. The pages disintegrate as soon as you touch them, comparable to old french books, I already observed this earlier with other books.

The third one is a funny one: It isn’t a cook book after all, but a law student’s exercise book. Many pages are filled with statutes and regulations. But atleer

a later point in time, somebody used it to store recipes cut out from newspapers.  There is a number of blank pages at the end, but in the middle, the recipes were simply glued on top of the writing. There is not a single date in it, but I bought it together with the two other books. The whole market stand looked like as if somebody was dissolving the household of an elderly person. It may be a little younger than the other two ones (at least the recipes) but still may date from the middle of the century.

A very long post, I’m sorry, maybe I’m trying to make up for the time without blogging.  See you soon,



8 thoughts on “Getrödelt, Gefunden, Gefreut!

  1. You’ve been busy! Congratulations with your degree!

    I love the gloves box, the silk book and the book from 1878 are such great finds!

    I also hate it wen sellers tear books apart to sell the illustration seperately. A while ago I saw someone selling seperate patterns from Lutterloh books. For me it’s like desecration.

  2. Thank you very much!
    The Lutterloh-cards? Oh, fortunately I have never seen that. But I own another 19th-century fashion book where all the plates are missing. It was the first I bought and I didn’t know it. Of course I spent way too much for it.
    And so good to be able to write to you: Did you change you blog-settings? I always commented with the name/url option, but that possibility is gone now and I can’t comment on your posts anymore, unfortunately.
    So if you don’t read from me on your blog, that is not because I don’t want to 🙂

  3. Oh, wie schön mal wieder von Dir zu lesen – es freut mich, dass Du den Umzug gut überstanden hast. Auch nur an einen solchen zu denken beunruhigt mich ja, ich habe auch viele Bücher… Apropos, das Modejournal sieht toll aus, das hätte ich auch sofort mitgenommen. Das mit den herausgetrennten Blättern ist schade, ich verstehe nicht warum Leute das machen. Ich arbeite in einer Galerie zu der auch ein Geschäft für Papierantiquitäten gehört und meine Kollegen und ich wundern uns auch immer – wir haben zwar auch viele Einzelblätter und Drucke im Bestand aber würden nie auf die Idee kommen ein Buch zerlegen.

  4. Congrats to your degree and your great finds! I love the fashion cards, I’m always happy when someone scans or photographs them and puts them on the internet!

  5. Naja, wahrscheinlich weil es Geld bringt. Die Leute sind halt bereit, für ein schön gerahmtes Bild mehr auszugeben, als für einen altes Buch, in welchem die Bilder ja eher versteckt sind. Traurig aber wahr. Es kann auch gut sein, dass diese Praxis inzwischen zurückgegangen ist, vielleicht weil es schon genug herausgetrennte Blätter gibt und die kompletten Bücher damit im Preis steigen?
    Oh, ein Geschäft für Papierantiquitäten klingt super! Finde Grafik ein unheimlich tolles Thema und versuche meine im Studium gelernte Fähigkeit, Drucktechniken zu erkennen, möglichst oft anzuwenden, da ich das doch erschreckend schnell vergesse.

  6. Thank you! It’s good to hear that! I’d only scan them when I would be reproducing a dress or would like to show a special detail of it. I always skip posts where someone scanned a complete magazine, maybe because I own so many original ones that I don’t quite get the point of it. And especially with 20th century magazines I am always a little scared about the copyright.
    When I will find the time I will try to scan the plates I own and put them online for you. Though some of them might be too large for my A4 scanner.

  7. Hallo 🙂

    also diese Box gefällt mir, so ein typisches Erinnerungsstück – ich habe ja auch vier Singernähmaschinen *lach* wobei es da nicht ganz dazu passen würde, die sind schon wieder etwas zu alt dafür – aber wirklich toll 🙂

    Lieben Gruß Björn 🙂

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