Sunday, November 19, 2006

WOMEN'S HOUSEHOLD REDUX


I had no idea when I started my last blog post that it would get such varied comments and reactions. (Thanks Graeme for suggesting it to boingboing.net) But I'm not really surprised. Despite it's stark depictions of the world of crafting, there truly is something comforting in the thought that at least there was an outlet for these women to connect to each other. As I've gone through several more issues, the thing that stands out is how heartfelt are the women who wrote articles, letters, or sent in photos; also how painfully, painfully human everyone is.

This was not just another craft magazine, but perhaps one of the few places that a elderly woman who spends hours painstakingly making ventriloquist dummies can proudly show off her work;
and in the same issue giving a platform allowing other women to tell about feeling mad at a friend who feeds her cats dog food, or embarrassed when they are told in front a group that they are usually unattractive. Regardless, of your feelings for the people in this magazine, one thing is clear, this was one freakin' strange publication.


















So as promised here are some other finds from the musty yellowed pages of Woman's Household.

The Dishtowel Cake.
This is a bit of craft work that completely baffles me.
It's a cake made out of dish towels.
I guess to be used as an inedible addition to your Christmas dinner table.























Two of the regular features: Embarrassing Moments and Pet Peeves.
(click on articles to make them bigger)





















The most disturbing photos I've ever seen. If you had a giant squash why would you take a photo of it between your neighbor's child's legs? It's wrong for so many reasons.



















And so that we can all experience a taste of crafting for ourselves and add a little smile to our hum-drum day, I've included Precious Pretty your own paper playmate.
Enjoy!

4 comments:

Graeme said...

Actually, the "dish towel cake" tradition is still very much alive and kicking, as are the variations for diaper cakes, handtowel cakes, etc. The ladies at my work go all out for wedding showers and baby showers, making these creations which they exclaim over and take photos of for posterity. I guess it's a creative way to give someone towels or diapers, other than just all folded up in a bag or box?

Anonymous said...

A giant squash? What a relief! At first glance, I thought that the boy had a particularly unfortunate deformation of the arm and torso!

Anonymous said...

If you ever tire of those delightful publications, you might want to consider donating them to a women's history archives collection. (email: cwhc at duke dot edu)
http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/bingham/

Thanks for sharing those scans!

Anonymous said...

I am assuming that Mrs. Noble Christopher was a free thinker and didn't take much to comments from the women in her church circle to get that filthy beast out of her house , then again maybe she didn't belong to circle . I love it !!!