Category: 1900-1949

Difficult Chins, 1939

Do you have a Difficult Chin? “How could your maestro of the violin conjure such sweet music from his instrument, if the chin which caresses it so fondly, and so closely, were not well-tended...

Snakes on a Train, 1926

You know those lives that people used to have – like Boy’s Own Annuals come to life, with adventure being one of the essential criteria of their job description? The kind of people who...

Spanish Female Beauty, 1924

In Bossypants, Tina Fey, one of the world’s Very Good Things, wrote this about women’s impossible quest to be acceptably attractive. “Every girl is expected to have caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a...

Advice to Wives, 1930

Some advice for wives from Mrs M. A. Dobbin Crawford who was, in 1930, the Honorary Assistant Surgeon at the Liverpool and Samaritan Hospitals for Women and the Liverpool Maternity Hospital. Full marks for...

My Horrible Hands, 1939

Hand-shaming here in 1939 by Hinds Honey and Almond hand cream. “I try to hide my horrible hands,” says a woman whose hands are dried out from the washing and housework at home. To...