Mia delves back into the cozy world of vintage women’s magazines.
There may have been a moment this weekend when I removed the following accumulated items from my bedroom: five dinner plates, three glasses, two empty water bottles, one empty box of granola bars with granola bar wrappers and a banana peel. Housecleaning: I did it! “But how did women do housecleaning before 1940?” is probably your next logical question. Behold! A treasure trove of early 20th century women’s magazines, showcasing the glamorous art of “keeping house.”
The Household, October 1936: I guarantee you that, when you say you’re a feminist, at least 30 percent of people imagine the following cover to be your future. I have to give it The Household for its unflinching depiction of spinsterhood. I’ll also give them credit for making a distinction between fiction and verse; these gals are smart and crafty.
Modern Homemaking, July 1929: There are a lot of great things going on here: the cover of “Jack the Giant Killer,” for one. Also, parenting. I’m particularly interested in “THE OPPOSITE SEX…by the Author of ‘The Blackballers.'”
Today’s Housewife, July 1917: Behind every great man, etc.
The Modern Priscilla, March 1903: They drew me in with “Colonial China, Part II,” but they made a subscriber out of me with “The Decorative Sequin.” I’m also intrigued by these “Little Things for the Drawing Room.” Please note that this magazine caters to both lowly Pilgrim maids (pictured left) and dainty ladies.
Woman’s Home Companion, October 1910: The caption reads, “The Fair Crowning the Brave.” Truly, what every woman dreams of, am I right ladies? Knight in shining armor or something? This is pretty much Arthurian Cosmo.
Ladies’ Home Journal, November 1911: Parlaying flower arranging into the seduction of fresh-face young men: I had never considered it before. So you see, we can learn a lot from the women who came before us.