What’s in your bottom drawer?



Vesta writes for the information of ‘every girl anticipating her wedding day’ on the glory box, “bottom drawer” or hope box in  The Argus – 10 September 1913.  Essential reading for the ” proud proprietor of the bottom drawer [who] has her destiny pretty well in sight.”

“she who lays in a supply of saucepans, kettles and pots and pans, to say nothing of the smaller items such as cooking forks, patty-pans, and rolling pins, and, above all, the indispensable mincing machine, will be thankful when the wedding time comes that she has saved herself so much worry and money.”

In 1937, Kathleen Evans sensibly decided against the box and went for the suitcase option given the occupation of her intended.  Courier Mail – Mid-Week Musings.

Marian March in the Adelaide Advertiser (7 Feb 1940) gave one  ‘puzzled reader’ a head start with a list of suggested glory box inclusions.

And “Aunt Jenny” is delighted to learn how towels saved in Mrs Simpson’s glory box are still going strong 35 years on. “I had them in my glory box when I married in 1912”

Australian Women’s Weekly – 8 October 1947



Lawn mowers and a use for grass clippings

Today’s snippets – a dangerous pre-cursor to the whipper-snipper, the ‘first’ electric mower, and a handy household hint for the use of lawn clippings.

A NEW LAWN MOWER – The Examiner – 24 July 1907 (text reproduced due to poor legibility of original scan)

One of the drawbacks to the ordinary lawn mower is that it cannot operate close to a fence, and will not reach into the corners, so that after a lane has been mowed it is necessary to trim by hand the fringe of grass left at these inaccesssible places. This trimming is common ly done with a sickle or with shears, and is a very tedious process. In order to expedite this work there has been invented the grass-cutter which we illustrate herewith. It will be observed that the mechanism is carried in a frame supported on wheels. The cutters rotate in opposite directions, so that they act like shears to cut the grass. In case a twig is caught between the cutters, a spring prevents breakage of the mechanism.”

The Australian Women’s Weekly – 4 March 1950 and 23 September 1933