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Jen Byck lives like an ideal 50s housewife for 2 weeks as an experiment.
If you're keeping score at home, that makes two times now since the 50s Housewife Experiment began that I've wandered around my home sweaty, defeated and nude in the middle of the afternoon. I wonder how that compares to the real wives of the time?
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[ profile] glvalentine brings us a series of photographs of dating advice from the 1930s.
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I found a book in the stacks from 1934 called Young Women Past Forty, but it turned out to be mostly boring with a side-dish of depressing cultural attitudes: the chapter on sexual deviance, where it earnestly explained that The Change tended to cause long-buried sexual deviance like (gasp!) homosexuality or exhibitionism to emerge, and also that if one is not married, then the channeling of the sexual urge towards art or religion was entirely appropriate.

And a bunch of stuff on glands, which was the trending topic in health in the 1930s.

ETA; How about a home ec book from 1950 titled Personality and Etiquette, wherein occurs a chapter on humor. One of the suggested written exercises to develop your sense of humor is to create a scrapbook of bits of humor, including (and I quote)
b. Humorous jokes or articles in the dialect of the Irish, Jewish, Negro, Scotch, Swedish, or other peoples
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Published in, as you'll remember, 1936.

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In the chapter describing all the various fees you will be paying at college*:
Tuition pays the cost of your education. If you are attending the State university in your own state, the fee will be small. In another State where your family does not pay taxes, it will be more. And at privately owned schools, it may mount up into the hundreds.**

* The more things change, the more some things stay the same.

** Yeah, yeah, inflation, value of the dollar, etc. Let me dream.
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...published 1936. An advice manual for the modern, forward-thinking girl heading off to college in the 1930s.

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...published 1958

(According to the list of publications in front, she also wrote Betty Cornell's Teen-Age Knitting Book but, alas, we do not have a copy.)

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...copyright 1951-1960.
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She also has a book titled All About Boys, which we have upstairs. Shall I go get it?
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"If you build shelves above your range, be sure to protect them on the bottom with asbestos board."
--Housing and Home Management, 1961
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I've mostly exhausted the textbooks available in the library here, so will have to decide if I want to ILL or not. But I've been reading a book about domestic advisers from the 19th century to the 20th. I left it at home, so I can't put the title here at the moment, but I wanted to say that it explicitly says something that I'd gathered from the textbooks: that many of the domestic advisers were on a campaign to assimilate immigrants Build the American Dream through interior decoration. As witnessed to by their desperate, long, lonely fight against the scourge of bric-a-brac. :)

Also something else I suspected: the difference between what the domestic advisers were saying and what actual, normal women were doing was fairly large. But that's not exactly news here - for every woman who manages to maintain the perfect Martha Stewart home, there are about a hundred who settle for cleaning up the cat barf and calling that their daily accomplishment.*


* I find that's quite enough housework for the day, thankyouverymuch. And that problem is partly solved by Sora acting much more like a dog in cleaning up after Nefer, if you get what I'm saying.

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