One of my wife’s best friends is a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher up north. (In my youth, it was called Home Economics and taught mainly to high school girls with a slightly different curriculum.) While out and about, I have found her books from earlier times that reflect the rather stringent gender stereotyping of their time. On a recent trip out I found this one:
I paid the $16 and took it home without really reading too much in the store. I was intrigued when I looked at the table of contents and saw the title of Chapter 19:
Amused, I turned to Chapter 19 and was disappointed when I saw this picture:
Moving on, I kept reading and came across the recommended tool list:
The next ten pages are line drawings and descriptions of most of the tools. Then there are 34 pages of drawings and instructions for many projects including a fern stand, shoeshine box, bookcase and various toys. Toward the end, there is a page with drawings for a workbench (Courtesy Stanley Tools):
They also had plans for sawhorses:
The Household Book really is a very comprehensive manual (around 900 pages) covering everything from flower arranging to plumbing (sewage disposal?) and financial management. It does contain useful information and only suffers slightly from being a product of its time.
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