Sunday, August 17, 2008

VINTAGE LINEN TABLECLOTHS

I adore vintage linens of all types. But there is something really special about the tablecloths. I love the ones from the 40's and 50's with the bright and darling designs on them.

I guess they remind me of a time when families would all sit down together at the table for dinner and talk about their days.

I have a few vintage tablecloths that I guess would be called a collection. I thought I would share them with you now.

But, you have to excuse the wrinkles as I was way to lazy to iron them just to take pictures. I know, I would make a bad 40's or 50's wife. I would iron them if I was putting them on a table though. But for now, you are stuck with the wrinkles.
This one has bunches of ripe red strawberries all over it.
I think it would be fun to use durning the summer to serve Strawberry Short Cakes on.



I think the bright yellows and reds are what caught my eye on this little tablecloth. I love the little houses, people and flowers on here.

This one has the prettiest shades of blue flowers on it.


I would use this one out in the garden to serve lunch on.


Now of course, since this one has pink on it, I had to get it.
I like the pink and blue combo. That way if men are eating they won't feel so girly.

This is by far my favorite one! It's all about New York. I love anything to do with New York and have always wanted to live there.


I got this one off of eBay. Don't you love the Statute of Liberty? Every time I see her I think about when I climbed up the top to her crown and looked out over the city.
Bet you know what this building is huh? I love remembering going to the top and looking out. It sure is high!


Other then being a big fan of New York, I got this tablecloth because in Sept it is my sister, Maureen's birthday and I want to give her a New York theme party.

Won't this be cute on the table? I think it will. Of course, it will be ironed and look much better.

This sweet one has tea pots, tea cups and plates. The color is really a hot pink. For some reason the photo doesn't show the right color.
This of course, is perfect for an afternoon tea party.


This last one is lovely little hand embroidered one. I love the pink flowers.
Someone sure put a lot of work into this.

I do have some more tablecloths but they are in my storage right now and so I can't show them to you.

Do you have any vintage tablecloths? If you do, I hope you will post about them. I would love to see them.

Hugs,
Joanne

22 comments:

Darlene said...

I don't have any vintage tablecloths but I love seeing yours. They are beautiful!

Jillian said...

Fabulous tablecloths! I LOVE the NEW YORK design. How cool.

I did try crushing ice in my pink crusher...it worked! (I have to admit I changed my mind and decided to put it on ebay this week...and an ebayer asked me to try it out.)

Jillian

Lorilee said...

Joanne,
Your tablecloths are so pretty. My favorite would have to be the embroidered one. I have a few vintage tablecloths that I inherited. I think they all have tears or stains! Maybe I'll dig them out!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Kim's Treasures said...

Hi Joanne! You have a beautiful collection! You must set a pretty table with these!
Hope you are having a great weekend!
Kim

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Really pretty. My fav is the last one.

I have a few vintage ones. I use to use them a lot. I'll have to share them one day.

Ciao

Cali Homemaker said...

those are all so pretty! the new york is my fave too!

Judy said...

What beauties!! I love all vintage linens. I have a white circular tablecloth that I embroidered many years ago so I guess that makes if vintage?? I'll have to find it and take a picture of it and some of my grandmother's.

Lindsay-ann said...

I love your collection of tablecloths especially the embroidered ones. I do not have any vintage tablecloths but my Mum has some that were embroidered by her Grandmother. Hopefully one day they will be mine.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Joanne!
I love old tablecloths too! I have some like yours that were my mom's & my aunt's. The colors are so vivid and they're so 50's. Really takes me back to some wonderful old times.
The New York one you have is incredible! If Pat(from Brooklyn) sees it she might want it!!
Have a great week sweet friend!
Hugs, Sherry

LINDA said...

I love the strawberry one and the blue. I've never seen one like the blue....
I have an embroidered one. I'll have to take a picture and post it. I'm not sure the condition of my others.
I love to see all your pretties. Thanks!!!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Joanne,
What lovely linens you have !! My favorite is the blue one and the pink embroidered one :)
I have a "few" linens, tucked away and I'll have to post them sometime soon...so much to "talk" about and not enough time in the day to "talk" ;) :). Always love your visits and appreciate you coming over.
Hugs dear one.
Warmly, Deb

Beth Ann said...

LOVE them!!!
Yes, I just grabbed one off of eBay, and love it!
I could spent all day looking and bidding on them! I will show you mine, but I have a few more VTT (Vintage Thingies Thursdays) to do before I show the tablecloths.
I have a hankie collection too!
Thanks for sharing!

GEORGIA said...

Joanne,
This is my first visit to your blog! I love your tablecloths....as a matter of fact, I am a collector too! I have about 950 vintage tablecloths and several hundred vintage tea towels, too! I even have a couple of the ones you posted but would love to find a NY one....that is a treasure!

Come visit me on my website:
www.grandmagscottage.com and blog sometime
http://grandmags.blogspot.com!

Happy collecting!
Georgia
Grandma G's

jenscloset said...

Oh I love all of your tablecloths! I have a few in my shop at jenscloset.etsy.com...but not a great collection like yours! I want them all!

Cottagecheap said...

I never find such cute things. I thought of you often while I was in Chicago this weekend I saw SO many adorable pink dishes. I had one guy at a flea market give me trouble, b/c I lifted a piece and am thinking "oh this is cute" but I don't have pink in my kitchen or dining room and he got all "you can have it for..." I said "I really am not into pink I just was looking" He got nearly cranky! People!

emily said...

Very nice collection you have! I like them all. I have a bit of collection myself, it's getting bigger and bigger! Love the New York one too!
emily

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Oh I love them too. I have that SAME one with the blue flowers on it....I love the color got it at an estate sale last year. Yours are beautiful. cherry

Alice said...

You are right, those tablecloths do evoke a certain feeling of the happy home life of the 1950s. I'd never considered that before.

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

Joanne, thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for adding my giveaway to your blogroll.I'm going to ad your blog to my blogroll.You have a great collection of vintage tableclothes too.Good luck on my giveaway.

Ms. Tee said...

These are all great, but the New York tablecloth is by far my favorite - one of my favorite places to visit. :)

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh, what a beautiful collection of vintage tablecoths you have! (Like you, I wouldn't have made a good 50's housewife - mine even go on the table with the folds in them!)... Again, a great idea for a post...Donna

Catherine said...

I collect vintage tablecloths too, only use two or three regularly. My favorites are those with teals and reds. It is a shame to have to store them. You have inspired me to show mine to the world!