While looking around Pinterest, I found this vintage ad for Princess Peggy, Inc., and a little lightbulb lit up over my head. I was certain I could remember that there was a Princess Peggy factory in Chillicothe, Illinois, which was just three miles from Rome where I grew up. I can even kind of remember where it was - or about where it was - and it seems to me it was some distance south of the public library on Second Street. Later, when I was in high school in Chillicothe, I am sure it had been turned into a roller rink. It also is strong in my mind that my late husband's Aunt Ethel worked at Princess Peggy. That would have been when he was maybe in grade school. On the ad above, I saw that "Peoria, Ill." was listed as the location of Princess Peggy.
So, I googled it.
So, I googled it.
April 26th, 2009 at 8:03 pm
I have a 1990 issue of Quilt Magazine. There is an interesting article on Princess Peggy Dress Factory in this issue, which is how I discovered this blog, when I googled Princess Peggy Dress Factory.
Here are a few more items of interest about Princess Peggy Dress Factory in the article :
The idea for the factory began in 1906, when the industry was started as the Chic Apron Company……located on the third floor of a building on S. Adams Street in Peoria.
There were two more plants, located in Chillicothe & Belleville, IL.
Princess Peggy was personified by a succession of attractive young blonde girls whose picture appeared before millions of newspaper readers every month.
If anyone would like a copy of the complete article, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking at more of the entires as I googled, I found the following:
Posted 6 months, 12 days ago
ManikinThe Princess Peggy manikin was used to display salesman samples of the Princess Peggy Clothes line in 1940 to 5o's. The clothes had her face in label on salesman dress's minature size for manikin and on adult clothes. Her dress's seem to have that house dress look or everyday wear for ladies of the day . This Manikin belongs to Ivydi not me . The pin on the dress is for 5 years of service .
When I was a little girl and all through my adolescence, women did not wear jeans or slacks or shorts working around the house. My mom never had a pair of slacks in her life. Housedresses were the uniform of the day for homemakers! They wore aprons when cooking or doing other housework that might soil their dresses. The wearing of pants by woman for all occasions got rolling in the 70's while I was working at Hesston Corporation in Kansas. Pants suits came into fashion and now lots of us never wear dresses anymore. My, how times have changed!
I am also going to let this post count for Postcard Friendship Friday! There is a postcard on it way back at the beginning. So a tip of the hat to Beth, at http://thebestheartsarecrunchy.blogspot.com/