Today was the deadline for the giveaway of two books. I allocated each person who wished to be entered in the draw a number, then cut up all the numbers and put them in my husband’s panama hat. Husband then did the honours.
So, drum roll …
I apologise now for Husband’s rather scruffy attire … he said he’d put on his ‘working’ clothes this morning, i.e. a very old shirt and jeans, as he planned to do some jobs in the garage and also finish cleaning the silver, always a messy job
I instructed him to pick out one number and he must not look, and so he is looking up at the ceiling. He drew out number 22 which had been allocated to Margaret Simpson. I have emailed Margaret, and asked if she will kindly email me her address and I will post the books to her as soon as possible. Thank you all for participating in this giveaway, and I’m sorry if you are disappointed this time, but I do plan to have another giveaway in the future.
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Excitement over, to the rest of today’s post …
It is a dull, chilly day here in South Devon and, once again, we were up late. This really will have to cease, having porridge while still in bed at gone 11 o’clock is becoming a habit, and not a good one!
Once up, I photographed two lovely books which a dear friend gave me yesterday. We had a lovely chat over a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits and some shortbread, I heard all about her lovely Christmas and well, just general family news. She had been having a sort out of her books and thought I might like two of them (she was right!)
I have put the tulips in the sitting room, even though the colours aren’t quite right …
The first book my friend gave me is a very pretty book by Susan Hill and it will be a fine addition to my Christmas books’ collection. The other book will be an addition to my housekeeping books’ collection …
This book was published by The Daily Express newspaper. It really is a step back in time, very much social history today as it shows how hosuewives were expected to care for their homes in the early part of the 20th century. There isn’t a publication date and I’ve only been able to deduce an approximate date from the style of clothes worn by the women in the book and the style of the furnishings. Thus I would hazzard a guess, the 1930s.
Why I say this, and not the 1940s (which it well might be) is that the rooms are slightly too luxurious (by 1930s’ standards, of course) rather than in post-World War II Britain, which would’ve perhaps shown much more austere Utility furniture and clothes – if indeed such books were published in that immediate aftermath of war – and also it might’ve said that the book had been published to ‘Economy Standards’, as many books were, paper then being in very short supply.
I haven’t had time to read the book yet, but as far as I have been able to see there is no mention of Anderson or Morrison shelters, making-do-and-mending, pulling back knitted pullovers to make something ‘new’, and so forth. No, I think this book is definitely from the 1930s, and lovely it is too:
Here are just three of the pages from the book, showing a fitted kitchen, a very smart pared-down drawing room, and what is described as a dining room but which is used for more than simply eating … I chose this photo as it shows a typical family set-up: father reading the newspaper (no doubt The Daily Express!), mother doing mending or knitting, and son doing his homework, dressed as a miniature version of his father, in collar, tie and jacket. Each has his or her own lamp which must’ve been both luxurious and unusual in the days when most houses that had electricity had a single central light. Similarly, having a fitted kitchen such as this one shown here would’ve been the height of luxury, even with a gas water heater on the end wall, and a small ‘boiler’ (bottom right) for the laundry. I can remember when we had an Ascot gas water heater in our bathroom and in our small scullery-style kitchen in my parents’ shop in the 1950s, the premises being without a bathroom until my parents bought the establishment and had a bathroom installed.
As well as these two lovely books, I took delivery this morning of another book by novelist, Natasha Solomons, and I’m now looking forward to reading this, having enjoyed recently her novel, House of Gold.
I couldn’t resist photographing the book on two musical scores (and in case you’re wondering, one is Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah and the other is Handel’s oratorio, Messiah (both of which I have sung when a member of a choral society many years ago – ah, happy days!)
Again, congratulations to Margaret Simpson for being the winner of the Giveaway draw. I am now going to check the chicken casserole simmering in the oven, part of which will be supper this evening (part I shall freeze) with some tiny roast potatoes and then I will make husband and myself a cup of tea on this rather dark, chilly January afternoon.
Until next time.
15th January 1919.
I am now going to include three extra photos of women in this book going about their household tasks. Cathy and Donna are of the opinion that the book is post-war, say 1950s/1960s but having been a child/teenager in the 1950s and married by the time it was 1964, I am pretty certain that the book is from the 1930s or 1940s, and actually plump for the 1930s, and perhaps these photos will give us some clues, so here they are …
I know they are working and not dressed in their best clothes, but take a look at the hairstyles for starters. The middle photo looks to me like a Marcel waved hairstyle, a version of perming. To me they just have a 1930s feel to them, as does the book itself. But it’s great that we can have different opinions on this, and if it’s late 1940s or early 1950s, then I accept I’m wrong. I shall locate a photo of my mother in the 1950s and include that below …
Here is my mother in the late 1920s/early 1930s where her dog, Floss. I think there is a similarity of hairstyle and clothes.
But it’s fun to try and work out when a book was published, isn’t it, but looking for clues!
Until next time.