Category: Women

Aunt Kate’s Postbag, 1916

I always love a problem page, and it doesn’t matter if it’s from the latest issue of a magazine or a publication 100 years ago. I’m not the only one – my post on...

The Dangers of Hobble Skirts, 1910

Did you see the warning about skinny jeans the other day? There were news reports all over the place about it, with alerts on the dangers of  “compartment syndrome” and that skinny jeans could be responsible for...

Advice to Wives, 1895

Do you do anything deliberately that annoys you, for fun? I’m not sure why exactly, but getting aerated about some bugbear of yours, in a safe kind of way, is quite cathartic in the...

Advice for Husbands and Wives, 1924

Marital advice used to be a much more common subject for newspaper articles and books. I suppose in days gone by more people were married at a much younger age, when you might have hardly...

Fox Fur Advert, 1938

Ugh. Now this is one thing I don’t get at all. Mink coats, well, that’s one thing – I don’t think they look nice, quite apart from the skinning of a huge number of...

Oxydol advert, 1937

If I was a 1937-era housewife, this advert would definitely work on me. The thought of spending one whole day a week washing all the dirty laundry in one big go, the hard way,...

Jean Harlow’s Black Thoughts, 1935

Jean Harlow, tragic blonde bombshell, died only 2 years after this article was printed. In 1937, kidney failure took her at the ridiculously young age of 26. “Jean” was actually her mother’s name, she...