Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Young Housekeeper's Friend

I found this interesting little book in a thrift store awhile back. It's called The Young Housekeeper's Friend, written by Mrs. Cornelius, 1859. It's a small compact little book that I'm sure is meant to be kept in one's apron pocket for quick reference.

The book contains useful advice to the 1860's housewife on how to cook, sew, and keep a perfect home.


Mrs. Cornelius (not sure if that is her first or last name) states, How often do we see the happiness of a husband abridged by the absence of skill, neatness, and economy in the wife! Really?? Many a day-laborer, on his return at evening from his hard toil, is repelled by the sight of a disorderly house and a comfortless supper; and perhaps is met by a cold eye instead of 'the thriftie wifie's smile;' and he makes his escape to the grog-shop or the underground gambling-room.


Apparently I need to work on my thriftie wifie's smile...whatever that is....or my husband will take off to the liqueur store or casino.

5 comments:

Nikki said...

LOL-I hardly consider bobby a "day-laborer"

Rachel said...

I love funny old stuff like this...

I recently inherited my Husband's Grandmothers cookbook collection...one from 1942 has tips like that on each page...

Also another is entire cookbook of Jello which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items congealed in Jello...my thought is that Chicken & olives should no be in Jello...

All Natural Mama said...

Love it!

Mellodee said...

These days, a Young Housekeepers Friend is called a cleaning service!! :) Times have changed! Thank Goodness....

Dawn said...

Just think.....they had to smile without having Clorox easy wipes, dishwashers, tampons, central heat and....wait for it....birth control!