We bought a box of mixed textiles at auction last week which included some lovely vintage tea towels. Great looking – and full of useful facts & figures too! Here are a few of our favourites.
The ‘Housewives Guide to British Metric Measure’ was aimed at helping us Brits through the process of change from imperial to metric measures – a process which started here in the 1960s and is still ongoing for most people! We certainly use a combination of imperial & metric measures in this household. Metres, feet, inches, miles, kilometres, kilos, pounds, pints, litres, Fahrenheit & Centigrade all jumbled up together – we just grab whichever seems to suit!
Fabulous decoration and ideal ready reckoner this one!
This next tea towel was issued by the British Diabetic Association.
A colourful textile, featuring foodstuffs with recommended daily allowances.
Various letters & symbols indicate calories, carbohydrate, fat & protein content.
The next tea towel concentrates solely on calorific values for those watching their weight.
It’s a very striking design and would look great framed.
And the value for sweets? “too many calories” it says. We’ll be the judge of that!!
This last tea towel is fabulous – a food guide to London restaurants dating from the 1950s or 60s. When did London last have 4-digit telephone numbers?
Some of the restaurants still survive to this day.
We love the ‘specialities’ – from ‘midnight cabaret’ to ‘chicken paprika’!
Drop us a line if you’re interested in any of the tea towels. They’re priced at £20 – £30.