About Me and this Blog

I am a self admitted vintage kitchen linen fanatic. My obsession started about 8 years ago when I inherited a vintage strawberry tablecloth from my grandmother. I love the charm and history of the cloth would proudly display it on my table.  My Mother lived in rural Missouri and went to a farm auction and bought me a huge box of vintage linens and I was hooked. I immediately tried to find a reference book with information about my bountiful treasures, and finding none, set out to create one.

I spent the next two years researching linen manufacturers, designers, dyes and fabrics to give the vintage tablecloth collector a reference guide for their own vintage tablecloth collection. In 2001, “Collectors Guide To Vintage Tablecloths” Schiffer Publishing, was published. It was followed in 2004 by “Collectors Guide To Souvenir Linens” Schiffer Publishing.  These books were created with my Mother, Pearl Yeadon McGinnis, (1942-2007) as photographer and editor. We shared the fun of collecting and photographing the linens all over the United States. She would keep a box of freshly pressed linens in her car, and when finding a great spot, would pull the car over and drape a vintage tablecloth over a farm fences or railing and snap away. Her photographs were whimsical and sometimes “artsy” and added such fun to my books.

My favorite tablecloths are the whimsicals, with a special passion for vintage BBQ themes and Broderies. My house is filled with vintage linens, and crafts made from vintage linens and memories of the fun my Mother and I had collecting them.

7 Responses

  1. Hi, I too am a lover of old vintage linens and work in an antique store selling them. I love the hunt and learning about them as you do. I recently purchased two tablecloths that the person called “Turkey Red”. Upon looking on the internet I am not so sure they should be classified as Turkey Red or not. Maybe you can help. They both are made of white linen (I believe it is linen) and they are both embroidered with red thread with wonderful designs. They are in fabulous shape. One of them actually looks like one of the designs could be a turkey or a chicken with wings spread out. I could email you photos if you like or maybe you know just what I am talking about. Any help you could give me would be wonderful. They measure around 50 X 68 and 60 X 72. Thanks, Doris


  3. I too love and collect vintage table cloths. I only have about 7 at the present and I know for sure that one is from the 1940’s. I don’t have any memories of my grandmother having any I just love them. They are very colorful, cheerful and fun to collect. So far I have not paid more than 25.00 for any of mine. All but 1 of them either have stains or small holes in them but I really don’t care. I use them a lot and I just love them. I don’t know what else I can say. I hope to collect more in the future.

  4. I have been searching online for information about my World War 2 tablecloth which is similiar to one of your favorites shown on this blog. Mine is in red, white, and blue with red print depicting the cartoon of the football game between Roosevelt and…..the others. I am interested in its value. I don’t want to sell it because it belonged to my grandmother. I am just curious. It is in excellent condition. I also collect vintage linens, so it was fun to look over your site. Hopefully, you can give me an idea of its value. Thank you. Margie Foland mwfoland@centurylink.net

  5. My great-grandmother and her sisters always put great store in their linens, and I’ve inherited their love for dressing up a Saturday lunch with one of my vintage tablecloths. I’ve inherited 5-6 family tablecloths (including a purple and blue map of Colorado) but most of my 40+ tablecloths have come from auctions, garage sales, and thrift stores. Blues and reds are my favorites.

  6. We have a number of pieces of linen that belonged to my great great grandmother, she lived in Russia and then moved to China in 1900. We have pieces we know are by her and some we think might be older with less even weave and unbleached linen. Could you suggest any references that might help us figure out the date of the Russian linen?

  7. I would check with a museum that specializes in Russian textiles -www.textilemuseum.org would be where I would start. You could send pictures to the curator and see if you can get some more information.

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