I apologize for taking so long since my last update. I have been unusually busy with my eBay store for the last week or so. All I have been doing lately is shipping, but I can't complain about that!
Anyway, Last time I was here I promised you a look at the Walco Bead Company catalog from 1955 that I received. So here are some pictures (You can click on them to make them larger):
First of all, it came with this great color chart that has actual beads sewn onto it. Many of the colors have darkened with age, but I think that only makes them look better. So, it appears that the boxed set of bead tubes I have that I showed you awhile back is probably from this era. Another page of the catalog shows the packaging for a set of 12 tubes, and it is exactly like my set. And just for your information, the boxed set of 12 cost $1.80 back then. Wow!
Here is a page that shows all the different shapes of sequins you could get. I have quite a few of them in my collection, but I'd love to be able to find them all.
Here are the sew-on jewels. My favorite! I have several of these available in my eBay store right now. Not in the original packaging though.
Walco Beads was known for its many different craft kits for children and adults. Here are a few of them that you can order from the catalog. The Sweetheart kit says that it has "big, bright beads in harmless circus colors". Are there colors that are harmful? Hmm. And the Star Dust kit... It shows that you can make a boy's cap that says "PAL" on it in glitter. I think he might get beat up on the playground in a hat like that. And the Costume Jewelry kit? Well, I'd just love to have one of those. It looks like fun.
And lastly, here is a page showing the fabulous "Cork n Pom Pom Jewelry Kit". Look how glamorous the lady is in her bracelet, ring, and brooch all made from sequins pinned to cork. Remember the rule from Coco Chanel - "Before you leave for the day, take one thing off". I think in this case you might want to take off more than one thing! Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse into the world of beads, sequins and crafts in 1955 via Walco Beads.