The “Old Days”
Generations before us used things like Liquid Blacking, Liquid Bluing, Powdered Whiting, Rotten-Stone, coal oil, soda and pearlash for household cleaning.
They made suet pudding, ate with silver off china plates on linen tablecloths while wearing pantyhose or stockings. People boxed their hats, darned their socks and hung their laundry out to dry.
We often feel that life today is so complicated - but my research has helped me to appreciate how simple things are today. The products and terminologies that I have come across have had my fingers scrambling through Wikipedia, without so much as leaving my couch. We have devices smaller than a graham cracker that offer us access to anything known to man with a few slides and taps. Yet we use them to take crappy pictures of our kids and pets, and update our status from “Sleeping” to “Begrudgingly Awake”. I am currently using mine to expand my vocabulary by playing Words With Friends with people that I don’t even know while texting abbreviations like ROTFLMFAO! No, it’s not in the Scrabble dictionary.
But I digress. These hints and tips have come from countless sources, I wish I could formally credit them all. Fact is, I really don’t remember where they all came from. I have read Heloise to Martha Stewart to handwritten notes from my 2nd grade lunch lady to hands-on training by friends and family. If your great-great grandmother once told you the best way to clean wallpaper was with a slice of bread, then God bless her. If your best friend’s uncle’s cousin taught you to polish a tortoise shell with a paste of rotten-stone and linseed oil and finally some rouge - more power to them! I intend no harm and claim no ownership of most of the ideas in here. Most. You’ll know which ones are mine, as I have marked them slyly as *****MINE*****.
I hope you find something useful within these pages, if not, you at least enjoy the read.