Our weather today is cool and cloudy but only the odd shower is forecast. I wrote an email to my daughter this morning and am about to have lunch (mushroom soup and toast today).
This afternoon I will probably curl up on my bed and continue browsing through Harmsworth’s Household Encyclopedia! There are six volumes altogether, and they contain the most fascinating information about domestic life and interests one hundred years ago (the books were published in 1926).
I’ve read how to make my own clothes and household items (patterns included, as scale diagrams), how to keep house, keep a garden, and care for domestic animals. There are sections on cookery and social etiquette, as well as different hobbies.
Some things have not changed much over the years, but others are radically different. This is what the start of the article on washing machines says:
“The main principle adopted in most types of washing machine is essentially the same. The clothes, together with the washing mixture, generally some variety of soap and hot water, are placed in a closed box or cylinder of wood or metal which is fitted on spindles in the frame of the machine so that it is easily revolved. The process of washing is accomplished by rapidly turning the cylinder on its axis, either by hand or by electric power. A reliable machine of this kind will wash clothes as clean or even cleaner than is possible by vigorous hand rubbing, and such fragile materials as lace or net may safely be entrusted to it.”
Sounds a bit different from my automatic washing machine that is so smart it can tell how much water to use and has different wash cycles available for different items!
Have a happy day 😊