Monday, December 18, 2006

Grandmother's Magazines

I come from people who set aside things they enjoyed. Now I enjoy reading my Grandmother's magazines.
These are from the 1930's.
This Needlecraft is from December 1922..
Every month I get the issues out. Every month I read what my Grandmother read. I am connected.


Q said...

Dearest Sprite,
These magazines came from my Grandmother. She was also my Godmother.
She lived on a farm. She died when I was rather young so I did not get to spend very much time with her. Now we have lots of time to giggle and share.
There were many more magazines. I shared them with my siblings. I have some for each month of the year. I get them out and each month I feel that warm embrace of the Roaring Twenties and the Frugal Thirties.
My 1940's and 1950's magazines I give to my daughter.
I keep my Herb magazines!

Chrissie said...

How wonderful to have these magazines. I have some very old books on housekeeping and tips for housewives, there are fascinating to read. I think our grandmothers were much more hardy than us (well me anyway). They had a hard life I think.

Q said...

Happy Christmas Chris,
I also think the ladies that raised their children in the 1920's-1930's worked long days.
My Aunt tells me stories of when her and my Fahter were young and all the work my Grandmother did. The kids helped! They lived on a farm so there was the milking and the chickens and the vegetable garden and the fields. Nothing went to waste.
I do try to be as aware of my useage as Grandmother was. I do not save the string and the boxes like they did. I do make an effort not to be wasteful. Yet I know, in the back of my mind, I can always run to the shops if I need something. Grandmother had to "make" what she needed. My parents went through the depression, here in the states, and learned to be savers.
I live close to the Earth so I have a bit of my Grandmother's toil. It is volunteer toil, which is different. I do save and treasure not because of lack but out of respect.
My Grandmother wrote poetry and played the piano. She was well read. She baked her breads and put up her vegetables. She fixed three full meals a day and raised six children. She sold her eggs and her butter. She was amazing.
I bet your Grandmother was amazing too.
I like to think I also would have been able to work as hard as the ladies in the past. I do not know. Having six children is where I often stop in my thinking. The laundry on the wash board!
As I celebrate the Season I often think of times past and give a hearty, "Thank you" to those hard working women.