Posts Tagged: Housewife

Vintage Housewife holding telephone

The Telephone and the Housewife

It’s a very mobile Christmas. Imagine the old days of being tied to a desktop computer to do shopping. It’s so 2006. As we swipe our ways through the holidays on our smart phones, it’s hard to remember a time

Vintage Housewife holding telephone

The Telephone and the Housewife

It’s a very mobile Christmas. Imagine the old days of being tied to a desktop computer to do shopping. It’s so 2006. As we swipe our ways through the holidays on our smart phones, it’s hard to remember a time

Vintage photo housewife shopping for meat

Where’s the Beef?

  When it comes to American exceptionalism, we Americans have long had an exceptionally voracious appetite for red meat, making us the proud leader of the free, meat-eatin’ world. In this land of democracy, meat has reigned as king. But

Vintage photo housewife shopping for meat

Where’s the Beef?

  When it comes to American exceptionalism, we Americans have long had an exceptionally voracious appetite for red meat, making us the proud leader of the free, meat-eatin’ world. In this land of democracy, meat has reigned as king. But

collage vintage pin up and housewife in kitchen

Marriage and Career- You Can Have It All

Contrary to yesterday’s post with its kooky quiz asking girls to choose  “What Are You Best Fitted For Love or a Career?” one mid-century miss proved the test wrong. Yes indeedy, you could have both. “Why not,” she asked, “have

collage vintage pin up and housewife in kitchen

Marriage and Career- You Can Have It All

Contrary to yesterday’s post with its kooky quiz asking girls to choose  “What Are You Best Fitted For Love or a Career?” one mid-century miss proved the test wrong. Yes indeedy, you could have both. “Why not,” she asked, “have

Betty Draper Mad Men

Bidding Betty Goodbye- The Happy Homemaker R.I.P.

Like another Sally Beth, I too had to eventually bid my own Betty goodbye. Though thankfully my own mother would live decades longer than Mad Men’s poor Betty Francis, as a teenager I witnessed the beginning of the slow demise

Betty Draper Mad Men

Bidding Betty Goodbye- The Happy Homemaker R.I.P.

Like another Sally Beth, I too had to eventually bid my own Betty goodbye. Though thankfully my own mother would live decades longer than Mad Men’s poor Betty Francis, as a teenager I witnessed the beginning of the slow demise

vintage illustration Homemaker in Kitchen 1950s

The Real Housewives of The Cold war

Like most women growing up in the 1950s and 1960s I was fed a generous serving of sugar-coated media stereotypes of happy homemakers who were as frozen and neatly packaged as the processed foods they served their cold war families.

vintage illustration Homemaker in Kitchen 1950s

The Real Housewives of The Cold war

Like most women growing up in the 1950s and 1960s I was fed a generous serving of sugar-coated media stereotypes of happy homemakers who were as frozen and neatly packaged as the processed foods they served their cold war families.

vintage photo couple and Xmas gift mixer

Guaranteed Gal Pleasing Xmas Presents

The Thrill is Gone Now that Christmas is over…let the returns and regifting begin! Just when you thought the holiday shopping frenzy was over it starts all over again as the glut of unwanted gifts get returned. It’s Just What

vintage photo couple and Xmas gift mixer

Guaranteed Gal Pleasing Xmas Presents

The Thrill is Gone Now that Christmas is over…let the returns and regifting begin! Just when you thought the holiday shopping frenzy was over it starts all over again as the glut of unwanted gifts get returned. It’s Just What

Betty Francis’s Space Odyssey

The dawning of the Space Age may have caused some business men to ponder their obsolescence but homemakers needn’t worry- their jobs were secure. With Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey looming over Mad Men, it would be no surprise if

Betty Francis’s Space Odyssey

The dawning of the Space Age may have caused some business men to ponder their obsolescence but homemakers needn’t worry- their jobs were secure. With Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey looming over Mad Men, it would be no surprise if

Avon Lady Ad

Ding Dong…Avon Calling

 The lyrical sound of Ding Dong… Avon Calling was music to my mid-century mother’s ears.   My father may have said he wanted to be a hands on kinda Dad but it was my Mother who had her hands filled especially

Avon Lady Ad

Ding Dong…Avon Calling

 The lyrical sound of Ding Dong… Avon Calling was music to my mid-century mother’s ears.   My father may have said he wanted to be a hands on kinda Dad but it was my Mother who had her hands filled especially

vintage ad Fresh Start Mod 1960s

Can Betty Draper Tune in to the Now Generation?

Like my own mother Betty, Mad Men’s Betty  Draper woke one morning in the late 1960s to the realization she was a square. In a world firmly divided into the “under 30s” and “over 30s” she was no longer part

vintage ad Fresh Start Mod 1960s

Can Betty Draper Tune in to the Now Generation?

Like my own mother Betty, Mad Men’s Betty  Draper woke one morning in the late 1960s to the realization she was a square. In a world firmly divided into the “under 30s” and “over 30s” she was no longer part

vintage illustration Steven Dohanos home economics

Happy Homemakers in Training

Before Domestic Diva Martha Stewart instructed American women in how to be the perfect homemaker, high school girls were required to take Home Economic classes. Since every girl had dreams off being the perfect homemaker, it was perfectly natural to

vintage illustration Steven Dohanos home economics

Happy Homemakers in Training

Before Domestic Diva Martha Stewart instructed American women in how to be the perfect homemaker, high school girls were required to take Home Economic classes. Since every girl had dreams off being the perfect homemaker, it was perfectly natural to