February 28th, 1954

Sunday. Prepared church table - Honk & I didn't go to church. 16 here. We had Sunday school class.

February 27th, 1954

Rainy. Attucks and Broad Ripple playing ball.

February 26th, 1954

worked. Rosemary Beck & I to Hospital to meet with hospital staff - chief of staff Dr. Speith.

February 25th, 1954

Thurs. Worked. Honk worked til 6pm. To bed @ 8:30pm.

February 24th, 1954

Wed. worked.

February 23rd, 1954

Raining - cleaned front room rug - waxed kitchen floor. To town - had deed recorded. Honk went to Lodge.

February 22nd, 1954

Ironed. Honk sowed clover seed on 35 acres. Harold Maguire here. Washed & waxed bath room floor. Washed my hair. And pin curled.

February 21st, 1954

To church & Sunday school, to Honk folks about 3pm - stayed the evening.

February 20th, 1954

Sat. washed. To town in afternoon - took 2 feather beds & mattress to Elmore Browning. Had a hard rain in the afternoon. Home Sat. nite.

February 19th, 1954

Fri. a beautiful day. worked. To Walter Mc @ nite.

February 18th, 1954

Thur. worked

February 17th, 1954

Wed. 50°. Worked - a beautiful day. To Thorntown Christian Church Fellowship supper. Sent Lucille Young a Birthday card.

February 16th, 1954

Ironed. Washed Venetian blinds, curtains & drapes for landing in up stairs.

February 15th, 1954

Mon. Helped Mother Dohoney can beef - 116 cans.

February 14th, 1954

Valentines. Frank & Fern Martin have signed papers for Honk and I to go into Eastern Star. We went to Mother & Dad Collins.

February 13th, 1954

Sat. washed - also 4 strips of nets I stretched. Jane and Tom came out and spent the nite. I drove to Lebanon - brought flowers for Mary Ann.

February 12th, 1954

Fri. Worked. To Mc's. Mary Ann Grimes died today.

February 11th, 1954

Thur. Worked.

February 10th, 1954

Wed. Worked

February 9th, 1954

Tues. To Crawfordsville. Bought navy blue dress with touch of red. Washed my hair at night and pin curled.

February 8th, 1954

Mon. Ironed - washed dining room curtains. To Aunt Elsie's for dinner. Moved her meat & vegetables to Boone Co. Locker.

February 7th, 1954

Feb. - Taking care of Communion Table 1954
Sun. To church and Sunday school. A beautiful day.To Frank's @ nite. Frank - Harold - Earl - to church board meeting @ nite.

February 6th, 1954

Sat. Washed. Honk to folks to butcher.

February 5th, 1954

Fri. Rainy, worked. To Fred's @ nite

February 4th, 1954

Thur. Worked - 2 more colors.

February 3rd, 1954

Wed. Took Jane home. I worked.

Bark Cloth

Today's post mentioned "bark cloth" - and I had no idea what it was! A bit of Googling turned up this excellent thread from a eBay forum, and now I know. The picture at left if of the type of door covering that Helen most likely would've bought this is just a guess, although from the flotsam and jetsam left around here when we bought the place, I'd say it's a pretty good one. Here's the concise description from the eBay forum - go read the whole thing for more history!

Barkcloth, in its original form was made from the bark of the Tapa tree in Hawaii. It is beaten, not woven. From that native cloth (if you come across that, it's now called "tapa" and is pretty rare), sprang forth what we NOW call barkcloth.

Technically, barkcloth is a weave. To be exact it's a Momie Weave. From the 8th edition of "TEXTILES" (a textbook): "Momie is a class of weaves that present no wale or other distinct weave effect but give the cloth the appearance of being sprinkled with small spots or seeds. The appearance resembles crepe made from yarns of high twist. Fabrics are made on a loom with a dobby attachment or electronic control.

"Bark cloth is a heavyweight momie weave fabric used primarily in furnishings. The interlacing pattern usually uses spun yarns and creates a fabric with a rough testure somewhat like that of tree bark, hence the fabric's name. The fabric may be printed or solid. The rough texture adds visual interest to the fabric and minimizes the appearance of soiling."

Now, a little bit more of the informal history...

Before, during and following WWII, there were many GI's and sailors stationed in Hawaii. These sailors saw these brightly colored barkcloth curtains and other home furnishings (as well as some shirts) and brought or sent them home...back to the mainland. In the years following -- the late 1940's through the 1960's, bark cloth became a staple fabric in the home interior textiles market. The most collectible of these barkcloths are the atomic "Eames era" prints popular in the 1950's and early 1960's.

February 2nd, 1954

Tues. To town, bought Venetian Blind - also green bark cloth for front room door.

February 1st, 1954

Mon. A beautiful day - ironed, washed windows. - cleaned on house - washed my hair.