VIDEO: Housewifery Handbook from 1952

0 Comments 14 November 2016

Housewifery Handbook

What can we learn from a Housewifery Handbook published in 1952? We decided to get together for a coffee at Dear Abbey today and find out…

Without going into too much detail (unlike the book which has a whole chapter devoted to dust) let’s just say it’s a comprehensive guide to running a clean and efficient house.

If you’re interested in learning how to set a ‘breakfast table’, for example, The Student’s Handbook Of Housewifery is the book for you. Frankly, we were shocked that people actually used to get up and cook a meal for breakfast, let alone set a table. Reference is also made to a ‘breakfast gong’ which was designed to sound minutes before breakfast was served.

The Student’s Handbook Of Housewifery makes you appreciate how far women’s rights have come and how much better appliances have gotten.

Which parts of ‘housewifery’ are you glad got left in the 1950’s? Leave a comment below…


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Jeff is a singer, comedian, writer and video producer. In 2009, Jeff began hosting a new comedy show on Triple M called the Peanut Gallery. He also presented guest spots on Eddie McGuire’s Hot Breakfast and took over the hosting duties from Eddie over the summer break. Jeff is the lead singer of Melbourne band Robot Child. Their debut album One More War launched in April 2014. Jeff also produces funny online videos for companies such as QANTAS and Mother. His youtube page has had over 300,000 views. As a writer, Jeff has had articles published in The Age Sport section, MX and on The Herald Sun website.

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