~ Maytag Multi-Motor Washer with Swinging Reversible Wringer, 1916via Flickr"Can Churn While You Wash…. It has a belt wheel that enables it to run the churn - ice cream freezer - food chopper - bone grinder - any small machine - while washing and wringing, if desired."

~ Maytag Multi-Motor Washer with Swinging Reversible Wringer, 1916
via Flickr

"Can Churn While You Wash…. It has a belt wheel that enables it to run the churn - ice cream freezer - food chopper - bone grinder - any small machine - while washing and wringing, if desired."

~ Good Housekeeping’s Book of Menus, Recipes, and Household Discoveries, c. 1922Note: Reading this makes me want to go and hug my clothes dryer

~ Good Housekeeping’s Book of Menus, Recipes, and Household Discoveries, c. 1922

Note: Reading this makes me want to go and hug my clothes dryer

Some of you may remember the vintage 1905 advice I previously posted about cleaning your clothes with gasoline:

Big thanks to Susan Leverton who sent me a link to a warning video (“More Dangerous Then Dynamite”) that shows women still using gasoline as late as 1941! The video has many explosions and reminds us to think of the “…victims of this senseless tragedy … the anguished husband … the bewildered children … and their pretty mother withered and scarred for life.” Thank you, Susan!

~ The Bridal Chef: Suggestions and Practical Recipes for the New Housekeeper, 1911Before anyone gets overexcited by this advice, let me say that I am 99.99% sure that the author is referring to “spermaceti” which is the wax made from the fat of the head of a sperm whale. It was frequently mentioned as a helpful addition to homemade starch recipes. Really.

~ The Bridal Chef: Suggestions and Practical Recipes for the New Housekeeper, 1911

Before anyone gets overexcited by this advice, let me say that I am 99.99% sure that the author is referring to “spermaceti” which is the wax made from the fat of the head of a sperm whale. It was frequently mentioned as a helpful addition to homemade starch recipes. Really.

~ Miller’s New York As It Is; or Stranger’s Guide-Book to the Cities of New York, Brooklyn and Adjacent Places: Comprising Notices of Every Object of Interest to Strangers, by James Miller, 1865via Internet Archive(click to enlarge)

~ Miller’s New York As It Is; or Stranger’s Guide-Book to the Cities of New York, Brooklyn and Adjacent Places: Comprising Notices of Every Object of Interest to Strangers, by James Miller, 1865
via Internet Archive
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~ G.E.C. Bride’s Iron ad, 1954via Grace’s Guide(click to enlarge)"No radio or television interference…either for you or your neighbors."

~ G.E.C. Bride’s Iron ad, 1954
via Grace’s Guide
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"No radio or television interference…either for you or your neighbors."

~ Nerlich &. Co., Toronto, Canada; General Catalogue, Season 1938-1939
via Library and Archives Canada(click to enlarge)

~ Nerlich &. Co., Toronto, Canada; General Catalogue, Season 1938-1939
via Library and Archives Canada
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