Inventions that Made a 1930s Housewife Thankful

This is an actual list from the early 1900s of some of the inventions that readers of Today‚Äôs Magazine, a magazine dedicated to housewives, made them the most thankful. Baby’s own bathtub— a miniature bathtub was much more manageable for frequent bathing and saved mothers from having to haul water to the full-sized household bathtub. …

I Cannot Be a Successful Homemaker and a Minimalist, too

It is not easy to determine, in detail, just which things are really necessary to refined and beautiful living, and which are the evidence of…ostentatious waste. -1907 The lifestyle of all the cool people for the last several years–minimalism. Like most extremes, it was the reaction to the unprecedented materialism of the last few decades.  …

Praying and Playing in the Great Depression

This little story was first published in 1931, at the start of America’s Great Depression. As difficult as that time was, Grandmother felt that the 1870s was the “harder” time. Hard times aren’t unprecedented and for us in 2020 with our many concerns about the future, advice from past generations is always encouraging. From Grandmother: …