Have a lovely pair of cocoanuts, but you're having a hard time opening them? The 1967 American Farm & Home Almanac suggests placing them in a hot oven for a few minutes.
Food, nutrition and health; textiles and clothing; shelter and housing; consumerism and consumer science; household management; design and technology; food science and hospitality; human development and family studies; education and community services, among other subjects.
Some of these tips were handed-down from grandma, but were often they were dismissed as cute anecdotes, stories of 'hard times and hard work' which were not necessary in times of prosperity and a plethora of modern conveniences.
As a result, many of these kitchen and household tips have been lost to history -- unless you collect vintage magazines.
There, in the yellowing brittle pages, you'll find a slew of household tips that are amazingly still practical today.
Use the sense Grandma (& God) gave you.
Deanna was raised in a family of antique collectors and dealers. Her childhood was filled with the obligation to wake early on weekends and dig through the tossed-away bits of other peoples’ lives. Happily, she was able to use these skills in the service of her own collecting interests: vintage clothing, pin-up art, Gene Dolls, nudie magazines, pulp novels, cosmetic jars & compacts -- anything that documents the history of women -- as well as vintage textiles & random collections as whims allow… She also has a weakness for printed matter, and so ephemera and books are hoarded in quantities too large to be called "collections".
The only thing she loves more than collecting -- and her family -- is talking-err, writing (nearly anything but bios for herself); in the guise of antique dealer and writer, she has found a way to justify both her obsessions with objects and her unnatural appreciation for discussing them.
Any rumors that she found her husband, Derek, at a thrift shoppe are unfounded.She runs Inherited Values (yup, another collecting website), Kitsch Slapped (a feminist look at pop culture, past, present &, sometimes, future) and Ululating Undulating Ungulate (an art site) -- among others.