When you sell vintage clothing and sewing patterns you have a habit of finding things in pockets and envelopes.
Mostly I find old (un-used) Kleenex in pockets.
Vintage Patterns can be more of a "historical" snapshot.
I've found notes and fabric and newspaper.
Tons of newspaper that was used to remake a pattern piece or the ad a pattern might have be orderd from.
The newspaper pattern pieces are odd and disjointed.
You never get the full article since it will follow the pattern and not the story.
In a way it is more like real life, never following a straight laid out path.
My latest find was in a 1938 mail order American Weekly Standard sewing pattern.
Not only did I get a pattern piece cut out of a newspaper, but also the ad that ran for the pattern:
Pattern 3793-TAKE YOUR CHOICE OF A GAY HOUSECOAT OR A SAUCY WASH-FROCK_ BOTH FROM ONE EASY-TO-STITCH PATTERN! Designed from misses' or women's sizes.....Saucy wash-frock?
Well, whatever you may call it, it is a great pattern from a pretty 1930's princess seamed dress.
Soon to be listed at Sew-Retro Vintage Sewing Patterns.