Friday, October 24, 2008

1952 Woman's Day Magazine #2- Show & Tell Friday

Show and Tell
Visit Kelli, the host of Show and Tell Friday, and take a look at other fun stuff.

Last week I promised more from my August 1952 edition of Woman's Day magazine.

When this issue came out, my mom was four months pregnant with me:) I was to be number two of seven siblings (5 boys- 2 girls). Hey, that's why it was called the Baby Boom!;)

Here we go: Let's start with food.

Betty Crocker cake mixes. The beginning of shortcuts for the busy wife and mother.

Baked Alaska- yum!

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Spaghetti- an economic meal.

The convenience of cheese being already sliced!

"There's always room for JELL-O!"-- And even Dad can make it? :)
I love the text- "Having a little trouble, Mac?"

The all American hot dog.

I know Kellogg's Corn Flakes, but not this.

How to make 36 Frosty Drinks.

Maternity clothes from a familiar brand- Lane Bryant.

Even-flo Bottles.

Another famous brand -Heinz. Of course, Gerber was well known also.

Anyone have a doll like this? I had a doll that wet on me Christmas morning! My dad thought it was hilarious:)

Helpful Articles: Games to play on a road trip-- Animal Alphabet and Animal Sounds.

Recipes using Zucchini Squash

How to Make Extra Money--I actually did this (sold Christmas cards) when I was about 12. They were late arriving -about a week before Christmas. I was so embarrassed, but my gracious customers never complained. The beauty of living in a small town.

Getting clothes white --Notice the white gloves.

Women's Skin Care- Palmolive Soap

The Newest Fall Fashion

Featured Stories

On a more sobering thought- This ad is on the last page of the magazine. It features a Marine in the Korean War and is an ad for Americans to buy Defense Bonds.

The American wife and homemaker in 1952 had many responsibilities, just like women today. When we look back to these, what we call the "good ole days", times were simpler, and less rushed. I'm sure most who lived through those years will tell you things were not all rosy. Women worked hard ( I know my mom did) in the home without many conveniences that we have today and got up and did it all the next day.
But she loved her family and did it as a service to them.

I have been inspired by so many bloggers, whom I have visited these past few weeks. Your attitude of lovingly serving your families by making special meals or just making something simple that is their favorite food -- Creatively decorating your homes frugally and sharing how you do it--often with humor. One blogger named her blog "a soft place to land"-- and I think that says it all. We want our homes to be a soft place to land for ourselves and our families--a safe haven- a place they want to be.

I see this as a high calling for us- whether we work outside the home or stay at home, through this community of bloggers, we are not alone--and we help each other. We are not perfect- far from it,- but if we can encourage, inspire, or put a smile on someone's face, it is worth the effort:)

So thanks from me. I hope you have a really good day:)


Anonymous said...

How fun to look back at the beginning of all the modern conveniences we now take for granted. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on being keepers at home.

I participated in Show and Tell this Friday too after seeing it on your blog. :)

Dawn said...

Thanks for the memories! My mother was six months pregnant with me when that magazine was published. I was firstborn of two.
We used Sweetheart soap at our house.
Remember how pretty that soap was?

Thank you for your kind words about my blog.
Continue to visit. The coffee is always on.
Dawn @ (4:53am)

Carla said...

What kind words! Thank you for sharing these pages! I love to look back.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I love it! It's such a gift to be able to visit an earlier time. The women in the photos are just beautiful and "real"

hip chick said...

That was great! I loved looking back at all that stuff. What seems funny is that if you opened a Woman's Day magazine today the articles probably wouldn't be all that different.

Lady Katherine said...

hi, love the old adds, what a neat s&H, My kitchen is done in the 50's era. I love it

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Linda, thanks for sharing all of these memories with always looks good in a magazine.I can see that they pushed bottles for babies over breast feeding!!I still like to look at Woman's Day magazines...thanks for your visit to my place today. Hugs, Baba

In the Service of the King! said...

I just love the magazines Linda! I hope you keep letting us see them!

Linda C said...

Thanks, unfortunately this is the only one I have.
~Linda C

Lisa Ann said...

I love vintage magazines and have a number of them. Love seeing inside of this one.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Wonderful post. I love all the old ads and articles. It is ironic though how many of us go out of our way to do everything from scratch and avoid the conveinence foods.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memories. 1952 was a good year. I liked it.

Mrs. Miles said...

Oh how your blog makes me ache to wish we could just 'step back in time' just for a day, wouldn't that be so cool?

I was amazed by the ads, and loved seeing them.

I agree with you about homes being a special, safe, warm environment.

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share this with us today.

I enjoyed my time here.

~ Barb (Mrs. Miles)

Alice said...

Now, that chocolate cake looks to die for :).

Gattina said...

All this brings back childhood souvenirs ! Especially the ready made cake ! I remember that my mother's sister, my aunt who had married an American, sent this cake powder to my mother so that she could make some cake ! Beginning the 50th there was still a lot of food things missing in Germany and she always sent us things we needed !

JanMary said...

I LOVED seeing more of these images, ads and articles.

Love what you said about the mums of today too.

Manuela said...

Corn Soya! I love looking at these old magazines and I totally agree with your thoughts on homemaking!


Jen said...

This was a very fun post. I really enjoy looking at old magazine ads. Thank you for sharing those. I also sold Christmas cards one year.

Grandma Faith said...

Thanks for sharing your sweet thoughts with us. The Woman's Day magazine really does take you back in time. I remember my Tiny Tears doll! Have a good day. Love, Faith

Chez Nous said...

What a great Show & Tell and your sentiments at the end are just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

These are so cool - thanks for sharing!

Susie Homemaker said...

So fun to look back on how things used to be...we have come a long way...not sure if it's all good. Why else would we long for those times like we sometimes do?
Thanks for the peek at the past!


Jan and Tom's Place said...

I had a Tiny Tears doll and just absolutely LOVED her!!!

My sister was born in 1952, October. I was 3 years earlier, same month.

Thanks for the visit tonite.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

These are so interesting and fun to read! I love those old mags!


Praise and Coffee said...

That is very cool!! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
It was many years before my time!

Kelli said...

It's so fun to look at the old recipes and ads! I wish things were that cheap today. :0)

Kathy said...

I was born in 1952 so I loved your post. I had a Tiny Tears and I used the laundry bluing for at least the first 6 or 7 years of my marriage! Great post!

Civilla said...

Oooh, I remember all that stuff. Thanks for sharing it. I love the maternity clothes. I remember my friends' mothers dressing like that when they were "expecting." Cake mixes were new and exciting. They have ended up being better than cakes from scratch, in my opinion.

We used to make sachets out of Sweetheart Soap as a girl scout project. The soap would be wrapped in netting. Then you would put some little beads on straight pins and then stick four of them into the bottom of the bar of soap, for "legs" and to hold the net in place. Then, more straight pins would be used to hold artificial flowers in place on top of the soap. A nice gift.

Civilla said...

Also, thanks for reading my posts on the 1950's. I'm now moving into the 1960's (but I wasn't a hippie!).