Saturday, February 4, 2012

Domestic Activities



Those of you hoping that "Cat Week" would follow "Dog Week" are going to be sorely disappointed. This is going to be Domestic Activities week. We will look at the toil of women over the years. We start with this picture from 1908 of a woman ironing. Actually, this was an advertisement for GE electric iron, which was a big improvement over the ones you heated on the cook stove.

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  1. Light on the comments today! Hope there's no embargo.

    I have my grandma's flat iron she'd heat on the woodburner. Don't use it, though.

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  2. Women who work at home, i.e., "homemaker"s, are definitely still (most of them, anyway) overworked and underpaid.

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  3. I like how the iron is plugged into the light socket.

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  4. I remember having to use the light socket as an outlet simply because there weren't enough outlets to go around, or there wasn't one close enough.

    When I built my house, I made sure I had outlets everywhere and some of them are even 3 feet off the floor so you don't have to bend over to get to them.

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  5. Wow, electric iron in 1908! I remember about forty years later when my mother still had two flat irons. One was solid cast iron which she heated on the gas ring and the other was cast iron with a compartment which was filled with hot coals from the open fire. Before they could be ironed the clothes had to be washed first and Mam did this in a "poss tub". Google has some good images of those tubs.

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  6. p.s. An electric iron would have been of no use to Mam in the house we lived in during the late 40s. Coal fires and gas lighting. No electric at all.

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  7. I remember my grandmother and mom heating the iron up on the coals in the fireplace. Of course it was then rubbed clean on a newspaper before ironing the cloths.

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  8. Somehow the pic looks a bit posed...

    Where's Dadd? I would like to mention we have got 10 cm of snow here in Holland. We're now hoping to be able to organize an 11-cities-tour (Elfstedentocht), the last one was in 1997.

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  9. All dressed up and ready to----iron? Its funny how we mop floors, run sweepers , do the laundry, wash the dishes and iron all dressed up and looking pretty.(and sometimes in high heels) I love advertising people. Great photos!!! lam

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  10. My, but she looks happy. I really don't mind ironing too much. I hardly ever do it, with no wrinkle fabrics and a teen-aged daughter who loves to iron. I mostly iron when I sew.

    Plug in the light socket. Interesting.

    No snow, just some light rain in Southern Maryland, high in the upper 40's.
    That ground hog deserves to be shot, it was nice and warm until he put his two cents in.

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  11. My aunt in New Mexico had two flat irons. One sat on the wood stove heating, while she was using the other one. She first "waxed" the iron on a bread wrapper before ironing clothes. Later she had a "gas" iron. Did anyone else have a gas iron?

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  12. I have several flat irons, which I generally use as doorstops. However, once when our power was out, the girls had to go someplace, and I put an old pie plate on the gas stove and then heated the irons on the pie plates.

    My grandmother has a blob of parafin on one end of the ironing board, and my mom used to scoot her iron across a ceral bag to wax it. (Now, the bags are made of plastic.)

    When I was a kid, my mom would tell me to get my doll clothes when she was finished ironing, and then I used the unpluged iron as it cooled down.

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  13. It may sound provincial, but I love to iron. When no-one is home, I put on my favorite classic movies and iron - I find it relaxing.

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