1950s Housewife Life

The First Thing a Vintage Housewife Should Do for Her Husband

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your marriage is to be disrespectful to your husband. Why? Because water seeks its own level: you married a man who matched you. And if you don’t respect him, you don’t respect yourself. When you make the choice to respect your husband, you are also saying, …

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How to Care for your Stockings Like a Vintage Lady

Monday is wash day, but did you know that the housewife (and teenage girls) were taught to wash their stockings, lingerie, and foundation garments by hand, every day? Especially when stockings were made of silk! The Routine For stockings, you were supposed to wash them each evening after you took them off, but at least …

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The Top 5 ’50s Housewife Books for How To Be An Elegant Lady

It’s time for the latest list in my series “The Top 5 ’50s Housewife Books!” This one is all about vintage books to help you become a more gracious and elegant lady. Mostly, these are the books that will help you with the 4th Pillar of Vintage homemaking — show pride in being a Mrs. …

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How to Spring-Clean Like a 1950s Housewife

Spring is here! Or close enough that many a vintage housewife is starting to consider her spring cleaning plans. So just in case you want to know how to REALLY THOROUGHLY clean a home, vintage-style, here’s the complete, step-by-step list of cleaning tasks that a 1950s housewife would have followed. As one of those vintage …

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A cropped and enlarged view from a vintage magazine photo of a lady with vintage-style curled hair, smoky eyes, red lips, large pearly earrings, and a black velvet top, showing feminine appearance for the chapter-by-chapter summary series of Always Ask a Man: the Key to Femininity by Arlene Dahl. Series written by Mid-Century Modern Mommy; photo contains the teal House Bird logo of Mid-Century Modern Mommy in lower left corner.

Always Ask a Man: The Key to Femininity

If your goal is to be more feminine, then your first step to femininity is to always ask a man. Why? Because femininity is the inverse of masculinity. Unfortunately, nowadays, most women have emancipated themselves right out of their femininity. And most men are understandably wary of telling any woman — even one who asks …

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