Bright colors, cheerful patterns, storybook rhymes, art of every style has been printed on vintage kitchen towels. Today's collectors use these wonderful linens to add a decorative touch, whether displayed as a runner on a bedside bureau, used as a valance over a sunny window, draped over a bed post, sewn into kitchen curtains, or made into cheerful pillows. This informative reference contains over 350 beautiful photographs of printed kitchen towels and bathroom sets from the 1930s to the 1960s. The towel decorations are wide in scope, illustrating designs related to food, the outdoors, people, and childhood as captured by towel manufacturers Martex, West Point-Stevens, Vera, Cannon, and more. Vintage catalog advertisements provide both original prices and descriptions, and current market values are included. The glossary, bibliography, and index are useful references. This is an excellent resource for textile and kitchen collectors and dealers, and an enjoyable browse for everyone who appreciates the beauty of collectible linens.
Michelle Hayes is a homemaker and professional gardener at a farm in Missouri. She has avidly collected and studied vintage towels and is the author of Elegant Table Linens from Weil and Durrse (Schiffer, 2005).