Thursday, August 5, 2010

1950's Housewife

LOC:  Housewife at the Market, 1957.


I love the 1950's. Families lived in charming suburban towns. Moms stayed home. Dads worked. There was often only one car. The children would happily go off to school each day. It was an ideal time.

A 1950's Housewife got up early, got dressed and put on an apron. She made breakfast for the family and kissed them all goodbye.

Then she had the rest of the day to do as she pleased. (smiles). She had modern appliances and some convenience foods that were just coming into fashion. She would probably vacuum, dust, do laundry, and bake a cake. Then sit leisurely in the living room and enjoy a good book.

In the evening, she would prepare a hearty supper. Then everyone would settle down to watch a television program. It was the beginning of a new era.

The common homes in that day included 3 small bedrooms, one bathroom, a small kitchen and a medium sized living room. These were little homes but served the purpose.

It sounds like such a delightful life...  Yet,  I prefer  my life today. I would rather have lots of children, an enormous old house and homeschool. I would rather bake and cook all day and be happy to serve my family. I work much harder than those 1950's housewives, but it is still fun to imagine what life was like for them, back in the old days!

What is your favorite era for housewives?

Mrs. White

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Joyce Ackley said...

I don't really have a favorite era for homemaking. I do remember, however, that in the 1950's, my mother did not have a lot of "modern" appliances and such. All I ever knew her to use was a wringer-type washing machine. I guess that was "modern," when compared to having to use a black, iron wash pot and a scrub board and do the laundry "by hand."

Washing took all day long. Mother used clothes lines to dry them. All our clothes had to be ironed, too, including some of the bed and table linens.

We always had a garden,and Mother canned fruits and vegetables from the garden and later, prepared things for the deep freezer.

Our refrigerator, a Kelvinator, as I recall, had to be hand defrosted. That was quite a job.

My mother sewed our clothing, pieced quilts by hand, and made many of the table and bed linens on her Singer treadle sewing machine. She stayed busy.

It was a much simpler time, for sure. I don't know if I would have wanted to be a homemaker back then or not. It sounds awfully hard to me, a basically lazy and spoiled senior citizen. LOL!

Joyce Ackley said...

I forgot to mention that my mother starched many of the clothing items and the linens. I don't remember how she did that, whether by hand or in her washing machine. I'm thinking by hand...

She learned to crochet and did beautiful doilies, runners, and lace edgings for table cloths and pillow cases. She embroidered to perfection, too. We had exquisite "company" table cloths with embroidered designs and lace edging, and pretty pillow cases. She enjoyed hand sewing these items to make a cozy home.

java girl said...

You know I live in a very tiny farm community. And yesterday I was at home because my mother has had surgery. (I desire greatly to be able to stay home with my daughter). So I was living part of my dream, staying home and cleaning all day and getting things ship shape. There were hardly any women in our town out and about. So I've started praying for Godly balanced families with homemaker wifes and mommas to move here. I love that you use to be able to go next door and ask to borrown two eggs and someone would be home to say yes! :O)

Thepearsonfamilee said...

I agree...I love living today, but I have to say I would have loved living back then...because it was more acceptable to do things that way! I still wear my apron and do things the old-fashioned way, but I think it is a lifestyle that is misunderstood. Love your blog and I love knowing there are those of us out there that love our hubbies, children and the enormous privilege it is to be able to raise a family that loves GOD! xo