Monday, April 13, 2009

Cigarette Silks

Around the turn of the century smoking became quite popular with woman and the cigarette companies, who usually inserted sports figure trading cards in the package of cigarettes for men, started inserting small silk pictures. Woman started collecting these "silkies" and some companies even included instructions for making household items. Just like feedsacks! The silks were even used for quilts.

Photographs from Dating Fabrics-A Color Guide by Eileen Jahnke Trestain
More info about the silks here.