Home Economics girls in a 1940s had to lift out a “Summer Project” for their class to be complete. Perhaps this was compulsory to learn that “a woman’s work is never done,” regardless of summer vacation or whatever.
Each lady chose her possess devise and had her devise authorized by a clergyman before propagandize was out. When a work was completed, she wrote a news and mailed it in. Then a clergyman would make a “home visit” to see firsthand what was accomplished.
I recently unearthed one of my reports, submitted after my youth year. Fourteen handwritten pages told it all, down to a smallest detail. My selected devise was “Cleaning and Remodeling a Bedroom Closet.”
What we hoped to learn enclosed unresolved wallpaper, ability in sanding and finishing floors and woodwork, how to make a shoe bag and rack, and beliefs of organizing for storage.
After emptying and cleaning a closet, we embellished a walls and crevices with DDT to deter insect pests. Smart as that seemed during a time, we were ignorant of a deleterious health effects that DDT could cause.
I kept a record, by date, of how we carried through. we done my possess wallpaper pulp of flour and H2O and a recipe and instructions are really clear, down to violence a prohibited reduction with a rotary eggbeater and straining it to safeguard no lumps would make their approach onto a swelling brush.
Close courtesy was paid to sanding and varnishing “with a grain” for a well-spoken finish on a building and woodwork.
I complicated a many new Sears Roebuck catalog for cinema of unresolved shoe bags and freestanding shoe racks. we finished adult grouping a shoe bag so we could duplicate it. The reduction appealing bought one would make a good organizer for a application closet. Pictures of shoe racks were good adequate to beam me in sawing and nailing a chronicle that would fit a allotted space. we still have a shoe rack. An extended hook on one finish row is still there for holding a shoehorn—the hook my possess innovation!
I available what we stored on any shelf and why. Princess slips (remember those?) were folded and built subsequent to a handkerchiefs. we seated my vast baby doll on a shelf and used her for a shawl stand—an strange idea, of that we was generally proud.
When a shoe bag came in a mail, we totalled it to establish how most fabric to buy. we wanted adequate additional yardage to make brief pleated circumference for a 4 shelves to dress adult a closet. Pink floral chintz cretonne struck my imagination and blended good with a wallpaper that was left from a bedroom papering. A vast block of a fabric remained and we done a bag for unwashed garments to hang inside a closet door. A pinkish wire tie from an aged dress was a drawstring.
Most such projects would need a bill as partial of a plan. In those days, regulating what we had was a supposed approach to go, so budgeting was frequency a factor.
I got an A.