Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Ghost Room

LHJ Oct 1946 The Ghost Room 1
Just what you need for those last-minute Halloween visitors, I guess. Our hostess looks pretty moody sitting there in the guest room - or is it the ghost room?

You know, if she just invites some ghosts over, that would solve the linguistic problem right there.

For the decor problems, Singer suggests that you make their Sewing Center one of your regular - er, haunts.

LHJ Oct 1946 The Ghost Room 2

Look at the lady working away at dolling up the dressing table. Why, she looks like she's getting ready to invite Miss Havisham to stay. The draperies are shadowed so that they look rather - shredded. And where are the "reams of exciting trimmings," anyway? Whatever could they be? Strings of flashing lights? Glow-in-the-dark draperies?

We can only hope that these ladies cheered up after they went down to the Singer store. I wonder how they perked up those dark, eerie rooms. I am not sure that there's enough scat-singing silver rickrack in stock to perk up this Suburban Bungalow of Darkness.

Maybe opening the curtains would help.

This special Halloween-flavored ad was offered up in the October 1946 Ladies' Home Journal.

Tune in tomorrow when we'll eavesdrop a little on a pumpkin cookie who is glum enough to want to visit the Singer sewing ladies.


Bill said...

What's that weirdo doing sitting around in her own guest room? She should be up making sure those window shades are even. Or do you think she's a guest, and is thinking of settling in long-term?

I'd leave the room as it is. Ideally, guests should only be comfortable for two or three nights. We all know the fish analogy.

eve cleveland said...

Is it just that women back then were really, really weird. Or that they had absolutely nothing to do because the internet had not been invented yet?

Jewelgirl said...

You've been BOO-ED! Come by to see what it's all about!

Amy said...

Is the lady in the first picture made because she hasn't been invited anywhere?

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

My imagination went frolicking off into some fun visualizations after reading the phrase "gay it up". I have some great friends in West Hollywood who could help her with that lots better than Singer could.

Michelle Gartner said...

Personally I like the ghost rooms... they lend a certain ambiance.

Shay said...

ah, Lidian, I'll have to decide which one of my vintage Singers I can live without, and send it to you.

You'll need lessons, of course, so maybe I should come with it?