August 1959

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August 1959! What a year! Bread cost about 20 cents a loaf. Hawaii and Alaska both were admitted to the union and became a state! The beautiful, blonde Barbie showed up! Ben-Hur was in theaters after breaking records on the amount spent in production (15.9 million) and you could get a ticket to see it for about $1. One of my favorite TV shows of all time debuted in October, featuring the gorgeous Rod Serling, on The Twilight Zone. (Seriously, I don’t know what it is about him, but I think Rod is just dreamy in those old episodes.) Bonanza also started airing, and The Sound of Music opened on Broadway. It was a big year for film and stage.

“The Day the Music Died” occurred this year, killing Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper. The USSR Luna 2 crashed on the moon, becoming the first man made object to reach the surface, and the Luna 3 sent back the first photos of Earth from space. Some big inventions and big ideas also include the microchip, the Etch-A-Sketch, and the Boeing 707 came into service!

If you really want to get in the spirit of the times, just listen to “There goes my baby,” by The Drifters, it was number 1 while this issue was on newsstands. (Earlier this year a song I heard growing up, The Battle of New Orleans, was number 1)

Cover and featured projects from 1959- My WorkbasketFeatured pages from 1959- My Workbasket

I just loved this dress ad, and these are my favorite projects from the issue. I already have the knit scarf project completed, just need to photograph it, and the crochet doily is well underway. Besides these items I also hope to make some pickle recipes that are featured. I haven’t started the “Waxed Facial Tissue Roses” yet, but do have all the materials and hope to give it a shot! The tatted brooch is also amazing, but I admit I don’t have the greatest history of getting tatting projects done and posted.

I’d love to hear from you! ANY big moments in your life in 1959? What do you think of these projects this month?

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