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Apr 6, 2011

My Perspective

A few years ago my great aunt passed away.  She left us with many wonderful memories.  My cousins and I were fortunate enough to receive some items from her home, of our choice.
Since my great aunt was like a second grandma, I spent many a glorious times with her and her husband.  She was a seamstress, teacher (Homemaking) and an excellent cook.  One of the books I wanted and got was "Hand Sewing Lessons - A Graded Course for Schools and for the Home" from the Educational Publishing Company, Copyrighted 1901 by Sarah Ewell Krolik.
I don't know if many of you remember Homemaking classes in high school but reading through this book brought back many memories of those days.  Back then (1960s and 70s) girls took homemaking and boys took shop.  Girls learned to cook, sew and balance a checkbook while boys learned machine work.  How, I'm not sure it there's even homemaking anymore.
OMG, what a great memento to add to my collection! I hope you will be able to read the Preface that I've shared above.  I will be sharing more of this wonderful book over the next few weeks and months.


Pat said...

Oh, yes...I recall those classes...they were called Home Economics. Now there is some politically correct name for it......which escapes me right now....and it is all a co-ed experience (at least in the schools back where I taught). How nice that you got this special book and I'll look forward to more tid-bits from it as you post them.

Gene Black said...

When I was in high school, girls had Home Economics; while the boys had Family Life. That is where I first used a sewing machine. We had to make an apron. I think that is why I was able to sew a straight seam when I took my first class on paper piecing.

We also learned a little bit of cooking. I think we made cinnamon rolls, yeast rolls and cooked one meal. (and had to eat our own cooking. )
My grandmother had already taught me how to bake. So I was ahead of the game on that one. I bake a great cake!


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