I have a lot of memories of visiting fabric shops as a child. Back in the late 50s and through the 1960s, our valley was populated with textile factories and all of them seemed to have outlets. It was the outlets that attracted my mother and Nana Betty. They were on a budget and the outlets provided more affordable options.
There was an outlet where they got fabric for tablecloths, another for notions like buttons and iron appliques, and I remember distinctly that most of the fabric they bought was by the pound. One of the fabrics that my Nana spoke of longingly was Indian Head Fabric.
"Like the nickels?" I asked Nana and she laughed and laughed.
Indian Head fabric wasn't made in our area but it was shipped throughout the U.S. and exported to other countries. An ad in an Australian newspaper announced that "The famous Indian Head Cloth" would be displayed at a local store.
You can read about the rise and fall of the company here. Years later I admired the beautiful ads that were run in my antique sewing magazines like this one:
The bottom of the panel advertises: "Use Star Brand Thread on Sanforized Indian Cotton Head By Nashua."
On Thursday, I'll write about why that intrigues me.
Have a safe and happy day!