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In the beginning women working at home created every chenille bedspread totally by hand. At a time when the vast majority of Murray County families depended upon farming for their livelihood, the extra income they earned by making bedspreads enabled them to buy essentials for the family.
Other privately owned chenille items. Individuals having only an item or two can show them in this section.
Sears Roebuck Spring-Summer 1934 offered one "Hand Tufted Candlewick" bedspread.
Sears Roebuck Spring-Summer Catalog 1935 included hand-tufted fabric by the yard, as well as a bath mat, chenille room-size rugs, and hand-tufted bedspreads. Pictures are from the catalog.
Montgomery Ward Spring-Summer 1946 contained no chenille bedspreads. It did offer two chenille crib covers and six bathroom sets, even round bath mats.
Sears Roebuck Fall-Winter Catalog 1948 contains numerous spreads, all now made by machine, as well as women's house-coats. Two piece bathroom sets were popular then. Reversible chenille rugs also are included. Pictures are from the catalog.
Sears Roebuck Spring-Summer 1949 contains still more spreads and different house-coats. This catalog also contained brightly colored chenille bath mat and lid cover sets for the bathroom. Pictures are from the catalog.
Spiegel Spring-Summer 1951 included a house-coat and ten spreads.
Spiegel Spring-Summer 1952 included chenille spreads for baby cribs and youngsters. Their bathroom sets included a three-piece collection to also cover the toilet tank. This catalog also contained more than a dozen bedspreads and coverletts.
Spiegel Spring-Summer 1955 featured numerous spreads they indicated were reproductions of Colonial American masterpieces from such places as Mount Vernon and Monticello.
Sears Spring-Summer 1960 contained an early juvenile design clearly for girls...Ballerina. They also featured "Outer Space" design that year. Bedspreads continued to dominate the chenille offerings.
Sears Fall-Winter 1972 contained only a hand-full of chenille bedspreads, one was chenille shag with pile height of one inch.
Note: Anyone having other very early chenille bedspreads, bathrobes, house-shoes, dolls, or bath sets, is encouraged to submit pictures and brief information to be added to this section. Even single items are wanted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding this matter.
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