we’ve come a long way baby – not

Check out the language in this 17 August 1930 Sunday Mail item.

“Ironing is quite pleasant work”.

Who wrote this?

“These labour-saving hints will be welcome to many little housewives

But we’ve come a long way haven’t we.  Fast forward 80 years or so.

The promotion included this:

“Give the wife, girlfriend or partner a rest tomorrow night, because the Carlton Draught girls will be in to do your laundry (well your ironing anyway)”.

There are no words fit to print.

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Carlton Beer ad


recycling shoulder pads and other hints

From the Illustrated Sydney News of 12 January 1876 on why one shouldn’t send one’s domestic servants to shop for food at the market.  The article continues here with advice on selecting the freshest of meat and poultry cuts.

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Need a reason to rub your hands through a bowl of oats?  Western Mail 29 June 1945.handy hints 2

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Last but not least from Worker (Brisbane) 22 June 1953 – from fashion to the kitchen.  New uses for old shoulder pads.