While many of us are interested in the newest developments in knitting, it is also enlightening to look back at the past. Fashions come and go. Something like a miser's purse, which were quite common in the 19th century, might become almost completely extinct. (A quick Ravelry search returned 5 miser's purses finished in 2015 and none yet in 2016. To learn about the history and use of these fascinating and often luxurious objects, read Laura L. Camerlengo's master's thesis, The Ubiquitous Miser’s Purse, which you can download from the Smithsonian Institution here.)
There is a theory that like attracts like. I don't know if that is true. It may be more simply that when people discover you have an interest in something, they send appropriate items in your direction. There is quite a bit that has come my way in recent years, both from friends and family. For example, Jenna the Yarn Pimp gave me this more than 90 years old magazine.
First off, I love the cover. I love all the decorative elements. I don't know much about the history of printing, so I can't speak to how expensive/uncommon the color printing would have been, or why the magazine is a slightly oversized 10½ inches by 13 inches. The whole thing is fascinating. I'm surprised by how many advertisements are for products I recognize — Cream of Wheat (full color, inside the front cover!), Ivory soap, Campbell's tomato soup (in black, white, and lots of red), Fels-Naptha laundry soap, Sun-Maid raisins (in full color), Bon Ami (full color), Lane Bryant (declaring "Stout Women Dress Fashionably Look Slender), Quaker quick oats, Karo syrup (making health claims by stating ". . . contains a large percentage of that most important food element — Dextrose.), and Kellogg's corn flakes. Just the advertisements would give you fodder for a master's thesis in women's studies.
here on her site. Hurray!] Of course, it is written out rather than charted, and contains directions such as "narrow," when today we would specify a left-leaning or right-leaning decrease. Other knit items include knitted doily with picot border, infant's thumbless mitten, infant's knitted bootee, cap for a baby boy, and infant's knitted hood. The cover illustration is for the Minnehaha knitted sweater "for a little maiden of six to eight years" and Minnehaha crocheted hat! I am guessing the women reading this magazine are very much multi-craftual. Buried on page 36 are directions for "Trinity Lace (Reprinted with corrections, from February issue)." Without the February issue, I'm not sure what it is supposed to look like.
As this is a women's magazine, there are also articles about child-rearing ("Teaching the Children to Set the Table") and food ("New Pies and Pastries"). And there is a hybrid article about making card table covers (sewing, embroidery) and then how to host a bridge supper (manners, menus). And, of course, several advertisements and illustrations of the latest in flapper fashions.
It does look like someone is adding these patterns to the Ravelry database, although mostly without images. A Google search turns up copies on Etsy and eBay and information on LibraryThing. I'm not sure if anyone has digitized this magazine, or if it is of the age to be in the public domain.
If you do have an interest in this sort of thing, the University of Southhampton has made available their knitting reference library. If I find out about other sources, I'll post them here.