I'm committed to devote at least one post a month to an issue of Women's Household magazine. This month we look back at March 1966, and it does not disappoint. (Please click on scans for bigger, readable photos.)
Our issue begins with a profile of one of the regular readers who brags that she has over 650 salt and peppers and shows off a bedspread that she crocheted that must have taken her two years to complete! It makes me wonder if these crafts still exist or if they were just thrown away by uninterested grandchildren; not that I would completely blame them, what does a family do with 650 salt and pepper shakers?
Next, Mrs. Opal Roller (my new favorite drag name) hawks something called Powder Dolls and is willing to trade them for S&H Green Stamps. Those of a certain age will fondly remember S&H Green Stamps. Those who don't remember I pity that you've never had the satisfaction of pasting your last needed stamp in a book so that you could get that frying pan you've been waiting for. Also note that Mrs. Rollers daughter is probably a teenager but looks about 45.
Mrs. Daniel Bill of New Jersey is my choice for the Women's Household reader that I'd most like to drink Manhattan's. Not only does she do my favorite craft, making toilet paper cozies, but she plays the guitar and has a hot adopted Korean son.
No object is free from modification in Women's Household. In fact, if you subscribed to Pack-O-Fun craft magazine you got a book that warned you not to throw away your plastic bottles, because bleach bottles dressed as pigs make perfect wedding or birthday gifts. The weirdest item in this recycled craft art answers the age old question, "What do you do with old keys...?" Obviously you make little dresses for them. Mrs. Harriet Hansen suggests that you should make your key into whimsical characters when you have a 'window' in your craft making time and that "people will stop and chuckle at them" I think when you are making clothes for your old keys the only people who will stop and chuckle will be the nurses in an institution as they come to give you your pill.
And now a word from our sponsor:
What's Your Problem?
In previous posts on Woman's Household I've mentioned the "What's Your Problem?" section. Every month a reader's problem was featured, the following issue the busy bodies answers would be printed. This is a particularly interesting question. My husband is stupid and I hate him. Answer: Shut up and get off your high horse. There is a whole other page of answers, click here if you feel inclined to read the rest of the article.
(Large portions of WH are devoted to people complaining.)
I adore Jell-O. However, there is nothing I've heard more revolting then Lime Jello made with vegetable soup, and then to have the nerve to name it after a blessed saint. And if ever I decide to have another band again I think Tuna Queen would be a perfect name. If anyone cooks out there, please make these recipes and report back on them. Maybe we need a Women's Household cook-off.
A few random photos...
Mrs. M. Goates looks like she mistakenly left her two sacks of potatoes at the market and picked up these two kids instead.