Although, it wasn't until we got home that she realized what a great treasure it really was...it was all about LAUNDRY!!
|From the cover, she thought it was about a mangle (remember those?). Both our mothers had one...|
Anyway -- BACK TO MARY'S MOST EXCELLENT LITTLE BOOK...
|The first page...|
|The pictures are sooo great. See the aprons?|
|Their marketing approach was to present us with a perfect pretend family...The Martins...|
|This chapter explains the three different types of material. Animal (silk, wool); plant (cotton, linen); and man-made (polyester, nylon...)|
|Every page had (fake) real life situations...Bobby getting grass stains on his baseball pants, the soldier husband leaving stuff in his pockets, etc...|
|There were photos, and detailed, specific instructions about getting out all kinds of stains...|
|Some of the common remedies were kerosene, carbolyic acid (?), hydrogen peroxide...Laundry rooms in the 40's were apparently full of all kinds of chemicals and odd things. Lard??|
|They spent some time explaining the proper care and treatment of wool blankets. Which were an investment, meant to last for generations. Certainly a much different way of thinking THEN as opposed to NOW...|