1950s Housewife Life

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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Mail Your Holiday Gifts Early: Very Vintage December Day 3

Mail Your Holiday Gifts Early in December! Day 3 from the Betty Crocker 1959 Holiday Almanac is all about mailing gifts early! Honestly, this is probably too late for overseas gifts. The gracious living recommendation is to send out gifts in November. But this is an excellent time to mail your gifts of food. So …

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1950s Chocolate-Covered Cherries: Very Vintage December Day 2

Making a 1950s holiday candy from scratch in a modern kitchen. I don’t really like convenience foods. I like cooking from scratch. I also like reverse-engineering foods. I mean, I started reading Cook’s Illustrated magazine 20 years ago! I’m sure you see where this is going. I LIKE reverse-engineering vintage convenience foods, and making my …

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