We live in central Florida. I think it’s known for two things – tourists and retirees. Oh, and horses.
One of the benefits is my oldest daughter has had some really great opportunities to get to know some elderly people with really interesting stories. And they like to give her stuff. Lots of stuff. Some things are valuable (like a Dyson!!) and some things are invaluable. I have no idea if this awesome little treasure has a monetary value but if you know how much I love books, you might have a clue about how much I adore this little book.
This is a Handbook of Directions for Home Making Activities. For 1924. Get out!!! This is soooo cool.
I took Home Ec class in seventh grade quite a long time ago. And that class didn’t come close to what is covered in this text. The first half is Recipes and the second half covers Household Tasks.
Some of the recipes were rather ordinary but might have strange directions. There’s a recipe for toast. And extra directions just in case you have to make your toast over a coal fire. Before the recipes even start you learn how to test the oven. I guess they didn’t use thermostats because the textbook instructs you to test the oven by how fast glazed white paper will turn brown. Sounds like trouble to me.
(Example of useless household task – washing ice???)
The Household Tasks is something that was never covered in my Home Ec course!! Honestly, I don’t think most of these tips apply today. Or maybe I’m just really a bad housewife. I’ve never oiled my mop. And I don’t open up all of my windows before I start sweeping. I do think it’s funny that it mentions that single beds are more healthful than double. a-hem. And I prefer not to ever use kerosene when I clean. But I do believe that knowing how to actually deep clean should be taught, whether at home or in school, because so many people just don’t know how to do it.
There’s even a layout of the classroom….including a mini apartment.
This has been part of my Blogging Through the Alphabet Challenge. Please come back and check out the rest of the series.