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Thread: "The Workbasket" magazine: expired copyright 1950s???

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    Quick question: Do articles in older magazines (1940s & 1950s) have their copyrights expire after 50 years like some patents do? If so, I have several pictures from The Workbasket magazines of my grandmother's that I would love the share with some of the people here.

    I plan to google the name when I get through with this. Not much on quilting, so far, but a lot of handwork is shown that could be incorporated into a quilt. An article on "Sewing Machine Artist" and a picture of "Miss May" as an embroidery pattern are examples of only one magazine.

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    I can't answer your question but I would love to see the pictures. I remember my mom got that little magazine and saved them all. She crocheted (sp) but I remember sewing articles, too. Lucky you to still have a copy.

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    I have 17 magazines, ranging from 1948 to 1955!! No, they are not for sale.

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    My grandmother saved all of hers too! I have a big bin full of them. I remember how much she enjoyed getting them in the mail. I thought I'd save them for my granddaughter.

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    The copyright probably isn't expired yet. From the government page, http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/fa....html#duration

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    Yeah, I checked out that site and it looks as if we're out of luck. From what I read, tho', I can paraphrase the article without any problem, but without the pictures, the article loses most of it's "oomph"....

    Suffice it to say that in May, 1950 there was an article of a lady who used her sewing machine to design embroidery and other different types of handwork. She made several designs that were magnificent,even on today's standards. One of the pictures were of her using her hoop as a stablizing influence while sewing. She used a regular sewing machine, I couldn't tell what type because it was shown by the back. It did not have a belt, but rather two rubber protected wheels in which the larger moved the smaller to move the needle (I assume). The article also showed a picture of her using a small (very small!!) hand driven sewing machine.

    And the old-fashioned drawings of little girls in their seasonal dresses were so clever.

    Ahh, well......

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    I'll look for the May, 1950 issue in the ones I have. Some go back to the late 30's. Several say Aunt Martha's on them.

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    I have all of them from 1971 until they went out of print, my mom has boxes of them from before that. I got them because I was into tatting and they always had a tatted pattern in them.

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    Great little magazine. I inherited a whole pile of them from my grandmother. At the time I had limited space so I went through and just kept the pages I was interested in. But I wish I'd kept a few just for the memories. I think that was the only magazine my grandmother subscribed to. Until her eyesight failed she always had needlework in her lap. And even then as I visited with her I could see her hands going through the motions of crocheting.

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    I admit I know absolutely nothing about patent law, but I would assume that as long as a patent is in existence, it means that no one else can manufacture that particular patented item for profit, right? I don't think it means that one person can't share information and/or patterns from a magazine that was nationally distributed. After all, anyone who bought that mag could make that same pattern or use that same information. So what's to prevent you from sharing that pattern with us on this forum? Someone please tell me if I'm wrong. I don't want to get anyone in legal trouble!

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