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Women's Work, Gender Roles, Social History
1865-1949. Historically, ingrained by print media, from early childhood females are depicted as being responsible for domestic matters and chores. This is played out in this small collection of 20 items from the earliest piece an 1865 advertising cover depicting a mother with a modern washer with crank wringer while.....
Domestic Work, Advertising to Women
Big Prairie, Ohio: The Monitor Sad Iron Co., c1910. "Save half the time, half the labor and all the worry of ironing day with the Improved Monitor Self-Heating Sad Iron", manufactured by The Monitor Sad Iron Co. Marketed towards homemakers and and domestic workers, this illustrated advertising bifolium includes a......
Patents, Inventions, Domestic Life and Labor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: G.S. Harris & Son, 1876. Advertising handbill for the American Air Churn, described as "The Greatest Labor-Saving Machine Ever Invented", with wood engraved illustration of the product at the head. Includes a litany of benefits to upgrading to this model, including such gems as "Any child can operate.....
collections & archives, food & wine, recipes, women's work, advertising
United States: Various, 1919-1949. A seven (7) piece collection of recipe books relating to weird and unusual food. This strangeness can be do the recipe books almost religious adherence to using an unusual ingredient in every dish or to recipes that are either actually bizarre or just unfamiliar to modern.....
Cross-stitch and Embroidery, D.M.C., ABC, Gender Roles
Munich, Germany: Bibliothek D.M.C., Verlag von Th. de Dillmont, Dornach, c.1905. An alphabet book for embroiderers, including patterns for shaping letters, monograms, numerals and ornaments. Published by Bibliothek D.M.C., which remains today a major producer of embroidery thread, the book includes over ninety printed patterns plus several leaves of transfer.....
advertisement, recipes, cooking, women's work, soap, Dobbins Electric Soap, testimonials
Philadelphia, PA: I. L. Cragin & Co., . An advertising booklet for Dobbins Electric Soap, a laundry soap produced by I. L. Cragin. The company used 'electric' in the title to in order to capitalize on people's fascination with electricity at that time. The soap itself was formulated with a......
Music Prodigies, Women's Work, Performing Arts, Vocal Arts and Elocution
New York, New York: Fannie Naegeli, 1890. Booklet advertising performances of American child prodigy Fannie Naegeli: "Little Fannie Naegeli, The Wonderful Child Pianist, Organist, Vocalist and Elocutionist, will play, sing and recite for entertainments, &c., and give instruction in music" (p. ). Performing in a variety of venues, Naegeli performed.....
African American, Fraternal, Get Rich Quick
New York City. A 2 1/2" x 4" business card for Days Work -- of all Kinds, by Trained Workers - Laundresses, Cleaners, Seamstresses, Cooks Etc. Reverse is blank. Surface wear. According to the Christadelphia Advocate the exchange was part of a get rich quick scheme. In 1906, the Christadelphia.....
Sewing Samples, Watercolor, School Girl Project
300. 18 leaves, including covers. A watercolor decorated sewing sample book. The book is designed with page cut-out for textile display with the remainder of each pocket fold page sealed. The sample is visible on both sides of the page. Each textile sample is accompanied by a relevant watercolor. Sewing.....
teacher, education, vermont, gender roles
Caledonia Country, Vermont: L W Rowell (St. Johnsbury, VT), May 6, 1883. The printed questions for the written exam for common school teachers in Caledonia Country, Vermont. The took place on Saturday, May 6, 1883, and when from 9:30 AM to 2 PM. The printed exam starts by listing the.....
correspondence, teacher, education, courtship, cut outs, programs, invite, invites, invitation, grammar school, public school
Belmont, NY: 1897 - 1911. Blanche Annis Leavitt (1881 - ?) was a teacher at Belmont Grammar School in in the early 1900s. The collection includes various correspondence and ephemera associated with her time at Belmont Grammar School, from her students to her co-workers, to her family. The bulk of.....
Photography, W.W.I, Home Front, Women's History, Social History, Women's Work
Allentown PA: Wint Studios, 8-Apr-18. Three different 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" photos on larger mounts. The first photo depicts six women seated around a table knitting with a wall size American flag in the background. Each of the women is knitting. The women are identified. The second is the.....
Public Health, Parenting, Working Mothers
Texas State Dept. of Public Welfare, 1959. An educational booklet for mothers published in 1959 with information about choosing the best day care for a child. "Day Care: A Guide for Mothers Who Work". [Austin:] Texas State Department of Public Welfare, 1959. 8vo (8.5" by 5.5"), pp. 16, wrappers inclusive.....
Women and Religion, Service, Charitable Work, Women's Work, Education, Deacons and Deaconesses
[Philadelphia]: [Women's Missionary Society, the United Lutheran Church in America], [1930s?]. Published by the Women's Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church, this booklet contains photographs "that represent life--as our Deaconesses live it", and shows the women engaging in a wide array of work, including teaching, nursing, "reading to the.....
fire, fire safety, french canadian, kitchen fire, cooking, public works, government, death, mortality
Quebec, Canada: Ministry of Public Works, 1940s. A fire-safety postcard distributed by the Ministry of Public Works in Quebec. The blotter is specifically warning against cooking fires. On the right side of the postcard is a black and white illustration of a woman cooking on the stove as she appears.....
sewing, women's work, embroidery, rug, rug patterns, catalogue, advertising, women's work
Boston, MA: E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns, 1881. An advertising booklet for E. S. Frost & Co.'s Turkish Rug Patterns which starts out by promoting the employment options involved to all persons, men, women and children, in the field of rug making. Men can become official agents.....
advertising, sewing, women's work, beauty
Philadelphia, PA: Universal Company, 1900. Two-sided advertisement for Duke's Thread-Cutting Thimble, which "is the greatest invention of the age... the only Perfect Thimble ever invented... [that] cuts the thread 'by a simple twist of the wrist', without discarding the needle or hunting for scissors." At the top of the ad.....
Boston: Fullerton Hall, 1914. A single-fold 11" x 8 1/4" promotional brochure for The Lady of The Decoration" with Miss Hetty J. Dunaway. Images from photographs of the performer on the cover and vignettes from the presentation within. Also includes press endorsements. Photographic image of Miss Mabel el Van, concert.....
Women and Beauty, Hair makes a difference, scalp treatment for relaxation, hair styles
Springfield MA: John H. Breck , Proctor & Gamble, etc. 1920s-1950s. A small collection of seven booklets stressing the importance of beautiful well coifed hair and how to accomplish it and general information on the secrets of loveliness and beauty on a budget. the publications were published by the makers.....
chap book, gender roles, women's work, young girls
Greenfield, MA: Ansel Phelps, 1846. A chap book which seeks to teach young girls what it means to be good. It provides general instructions, such as the fact that a "good girl always minds what her father and mother say to her; and takes pains to learn whatever they are.....
Advertising and Promotion, Women's Work, Pretend Play
New York, NY: Charles Hart (litho), . Advertising show card for Hazard's Bluing depicting laundry day with a mother and older daughter "bluing" the laundry while two younger children with their doll are doing the same in a toy wash tub. Reverse blank. 13.5 by 9 inches.
health & welfare, first aid, Lysol, advertising, propaganda, women's work, nursing, housewife, military history, WWII, homefront, patriotism
Bloomfield, NJ: Lehn & Fink Products Corp. 1941. The Home Defense Course was broken up into three lessons: 1. How to Wage War on Germs, 2. Nursing and Sick Room Care, 3. First Aid. The whole booklet has a patriotic theme, evidence by not only the covers, which have be.....
household & furnishing, advertising, women's work, trade catalogue, food & wine, trade catalogues
Lowell, MA: Woods, Sherwood & Co., 1878. A catalogue for items of "wire ware" which essentially means any item in which all or part of the item is made from wire. Some examples of items sold are: tea or coffee stainers, spiral egg beaters, egg stands, tooth brush holder, and.....
Letters Patent, Woodcut, Women's Work
New Becker Washing Machine. A 19" x 11 1/2" Letters Patent broadside announcing the transfer of patent with an illustration of a young girl operating the New Becker Washing Machine (So easy a child can do it...) Unused document with decorative border design. Reverse is blank.