My grandmother always told me I was born in the wrong era. As I a kid I immersed myself in historical fiction novels, and dreamed of Jane Austen dresses and Edwardian homes. Yes, you can say it, I wasn’t normal.
Maybe it was because I grew up in a house surrounded by antiques, but I have always loved old things. I would often find my aunt cooking out of an old edition of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and that book holds a warm spot in my heart. So when I saw a 1950’s edition on Ebay a few months ago I snagged it to add to my own collection.
And then I started thinking.
What would it be like to live like a 1950’s housewife for a day? My oldest is also a lover of history, so she was all for this experiment. And when I brought it up to my husband he was excited too, because it meant I wouldn’t ask him to make the bed that morning
And so I did some research because if I was going to live like a 1950’s housewife I was going to do it right. I read Perfect Wives In Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. A wonderful non-fiction book about British housewives in the 1950’s. And I also read To Hell With All That by Caitlin Flanagan. I even purchased my very own copy of The Housewife’s Pocket Book by Carlton Wallace, which was written for the 1950’s housewife in the UK and includes tips on everything from budgeting to scheduling, and how to get rid of stains in your laundry.
Now, many of you might be wondering why I read so many books geared towards British housewives. That’s because I couldn’t find any really about American housewives of the era. So I questioned my grandmothers about how their mothers were in the 1950’s and tried to incorporate that into my day as well.
Want to see how my day in the life went as a 1950’s housewife? Check out the video below, I have put it available on both YouTube and Facebook.