Category: Women

Suffragette Tea Shop, 1913

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, most famously giving some women the right to vote, on a number of conditions. But it wasn’t just women that benefitted from...

Plastic Surgery, 1935

Oh, I can’t tell you the joy I felt when I saw this book, The Universal Home Doctor, on the shelves of of one of the few charity shops in town which still sells proper...

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...

Beauty Hints, 1914

Beauty hints from 1914. I might try the “drying your face upwards” one, my creases could do with being smoothed out. Rinsing your hair in cold water is still said to help promote shininess,...