Saturday, December 1, 2007

I Wanna Be a 50's Style Housewife

It all seemed so simple then...I wanna go back to that space in time when things were neat-o and casseroles were the mainstay of the dinner menu. Wait....casseroles are the mainstay of my dinner menu! Maybe I am not too far off the mark. I have a black and white checkerboard floor in my kitchen, I like to wear an apron when I cook, and I can make a mean cherry pie from scratch -- including using fresh cherries.
I just need the little black and white polka dot dress, oh, and a better figure to fit into it!
Seriously though, I wish sometimes that morals and values of nearly 6 decades ago were still intact today. It would be a refreshing change of pace. Hmmmm......I gotta find some books written about housekeeping at the time so that I can get a better perspective.
Got any suggestions?


PennyAnnPoundwise said...

Heloise's Housekeeping Hints, published in 1959 is a good fix for the era of the homemaker. I love her version of the then popular new product, tv dinners!

And I seek out vintage homemaking magazines from teh 1940's and 50's on eBay and in antique/thrift shops. Usually run about $3 an issue, but so much better reading than our modern day magazines!

Anonymous said...

Got you on the black and white polka dot dress, Gina! LOL I actually bought one at a yard sale over the summer for a dollar!

Melissa said...

I LOVE this idea! Please keep us in the loop if you make any progress on this!

Christmas Blessings,

AnnMarie said...

Read She can also point you to some good old fashioned housekeeping books, as I think she collects them! She certainly quotes from ones at least once a week (both manuals as well as some vintage books that have great housekeepers talking about their homes).
You might also be able to buy a housedress from her at her Etsy site ;-) (No housedresses, but here's a pretty nightgown up right now ).

No affiliation, I just adore the pictures her son takes that she posts on her blog and love the one thing I've bought from her.