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Tips + Tricks from ’46

Some housekeeping tricks from the summer 1946 issue of The Homemaker:

Tips + Tricks

Cooking, beauty, man care, pest elimination…all covered here.

While some of these tips are familiar, such as using lemon juice to prevent pared fruit from turning brown, many of them were new to me. I’m not sure I want to put cucumber rind on my floors at night to eliminate ants, but it’s an interesting tip. I really wonder who discovered that ants dislike cucumber peels? And how did she convince her friends to try? Do you think the editors of The Homemaker tested all these tips before publication? How many magazine staffers had cucumber peels adorning their floors?

This issue of the magazine also featured an article on how to make some cute summer clothes from bandanas. Much more practical than spreading vegetable peels across your domicile.

bandanna dressbandana patternsThese outfits really appeal to me…someday, when I learn to sew, these will be some of the first items I attempt.  If any seamstresses out there  make these, I’d love to see how they come out.

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The Homemaker, a women's magazine from the 1940s

The Homemaker: Spring 1946

The Homemaker, a women's magazine from the 1940s

Cover of the spring 1946 issue of The Homemaker

While cleaning her attic, my  mother found a small collection of magazines from the 1940s. My favorite is called The Homemaker, which was published by the Institute for Better CookingThe name of the publisher fills me with glee. Who doesn’t appreciate  better cooking? Periodocally, I’ll explore different issues and share tips from some of the magazine’s articles here.  

Spring 1946 featured articles like “The Plastics Picture: What do you know about plastics?”, “Sidelights on A Suit,” “Borrow or Buy: Informative and interesting books for the intelligent homemaker,” and “Today’s Slump, Tomorrow’s Hump,” a piece on the importance of good posture. Fascinating stuff.

I love the cover: despite the spring flowers and lush lawn in the background, the cover model sports a black dress. I imagine she’s preparing to host a swanky dinner paty that evening. Her hair and makeup look appropriate, and I love the formal touch of the ribbon around her neck.

The illustrated article “Coiffure Analysis” offers insight into your personality based on your hair style. I’m a sucker for these types of things–surveys and quizzes lure me in. So what does your signature hairstyles say about you? Are you pink roses and pastel chiffon or fine tweeds and good leather? Read the article to find out.

Coiffure analysis

Coiffure Analysis from the Spring 1946 issue of The Homemaker.