Housekeeping ain't no joke.
-Louisa May Alcott
I recently came across a box of old books and being the book lover that I am I couldn't pass them up. When I got them home I excitedly started rummaging through the box to discover the majority of these books dated back between 1877 and on into the twenties. Some of the books were in such good shape it was hard to believe their true age. At the bottom of the box was a small stack of old news paper clippings.
Clearing off the table I began to piece back the pages.
All the pages were 1913 clippings of stories, recipes and house keeping tips.
Jennie Maitland's Weekly writes: "Half-Crowns are rewarded for the two best hints and Recipes but all published are rewarded with the pretty, useful box shown here."
The pages now are so delicate and brittle I'm almost afraid to touch them too much. And as I sit back I wonder if nearly 100 years later the woman who so carefully saved these would think they would still be around and found to be useful?
"A home was a place where even the everyday things in our lives were held sacred and should therefore be cared for and treated in a special and orderly way." - Mrs. Dunwoody's Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping
In the hopes these live on, I will be testing out these tips and posting my favorites as I complete them, for everyone to test out themselves and enjoy.