Two Women Spend Their Money–1925

These letters describe how two young women in 1925 (98 years ago!) decided to spend their money, in both cases, $1. (For reference, $1 in 1925 is equivalent to over $17 in 2023.)  A Gift for Another Mother I am going to tell you about a dollar I spent. It is very seldom I go…

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A 1915 Woman’s Solitary Life in Wyoming

What a brave young woman to live by herself in the Wyoming wilderness! I wonder what circumstances brought about her solitary homemaking? This passage–a magazine interview–gives us a very small glimpse into what must have been a fascinating life. A young woman in Wyoming writes: “This country is so different, so big, that the horizon…

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How to be a Real “Vamp” to Your Husband

old fashioned kitchen

The modern definition of a vamp is a woman who is “striking, exotic, or overtly glamorous” and who is “usually a heartless, man-eating seductress.” Oh, my! Such an interesting phrase to describe the ideal farmer’s wife! Enjoy this advice, written in 1924.   Have you a little vamp in your home? Now don’t look so shocked…

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A Formula for Happiness–Advice for Newlyweds

man and woman in kitchen

Although this is some advice for newlyweds, anyone that interacts with another human can find some usefulness here. This short article was written in 1936. The little neighbor boy who used to catch polywogs with me has suddenly grown up and married, and I’ve written him a letter. It’s mostly congratulations, of course, with one…

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