Monday, October 17

Home Management Strategy

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 The best vintage books, IMHO, are the early ones that talk about the practical skill of domestic science: home management.  Most often these are written to the attention of women and are full of old time treasured information on how to do just about every aspect of running a home.  So is it all about cleaning and feeding?  Hardly!  Hidden in-between the lines of these fabulous resources is a whole new glimpse into the power of women in 19th century and early 20th century.

My oldest book in the Etsy shop is The Practical Housekeeper and Cyclopedia of Domestic Economy, dated in 1898.  Seriously every aspect of living seems to be covered in this guide.  Any business man who failed to run a company in the same manner as the women of the home would lose his fortunes for sure.  To those who say things like : "Oh women just stayed at home and didn't have opportunity" are seriously mistaken.  I doubt there are too many people today who are charged with all the detail management of the Victorian home: Dwelling management, food supply, cost management, accounting, health care, child care, elder care, husband care (Domestic Manipulation!), manufacture and use of cements, purity of water, store room and marketing, culinary arts extraordinaire -  to name a few.

Just part of the topics covered in the book.

Sample Pages

This is a book of knowledge to entreat the reader for years to come!

Saturday, February 19

A Fashion History Books & Magazines

 Some favorite fashion history books and magazines that I am offering for sale from my long time treasured library collection.   Most of these are available on the Etsy shop for complete details and buying ease.  
Mirror Mirror - A Social History of  Fashion

The Delineator 1886

The Mode in Costume  SOLD
Edition covers the essence of style from Egyptian BC times thru to 1958 - a fashion history reference guide like no other! The line drawings are profuse for every time period. All neatly broken into 48 Chapters.

Last but not least is a book that just begs for a cup of coffee (or tea) and a casual sit down and relax moment.  The Kyoto Costume Institute, Fashion - A History from the 18th to the 20th Century is a treasure trove of amazing photographs showing not only costume changes over the decades but also exquisite detail.  Any student of vintage clothing will love this book!  Offered here at $25.00.
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