Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vintage 'Complete Household Guide'



Today for Vintage Thingie Thursday I provide for your viewing pleasure the Australian Women's Complete Household Guide. This treasure is unfortunately undated, but fortunately found its way into my home for just $1.00 at a book fair!

Just love the endpapers:


At the front of the book are some colour plates showing the reader what is covered in the book. Some of them are priceless.

This has to be one of my favourite illustrations. Oh how I would love a red polkadot outdoor lounge!

Another of my favourites is the cheery laundry scene:

(I must remember to wear a frilly apron next time I do the ironing!)

This book covers everything from home maintenance and decoration,to sewing, childcare, careers for adolescents, letter-writing and fashion.

Here we see the ideal living room plus examples of suitable ornaments for the home (love the deer!)
This title page photo from the pet section is so reminiscent of Dorothy and Toto in the field of poppies!

And here is the ideal suburb - so pretty, and so different from the actual photographs of real suburbs on the following pages!


There are too many goodies in this book for one week. Next Thursday I'll share some more!

16 comments:

Grandma Faith said...

That book is precious!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

What a treasure you've got there, Fiona...I WANT IT lol!!! I love every picture you've shared and I can't wait to see more...ADORABLE!!

Vintage Mommy said...

I WANT IT TOO!!!! This is a great book. I love the pictures!

Joie at Canned Laughter said...

LOVE it.

Diane said...

Fantastic pictures! Makes me want to step into the book. Great find, of course.

Coloradolady said...

Love the book. I just love how vintage books always make the home and homemaker look picture perfect. Oh, the good ole days. Cute post today.

Miri said...

Great book-what a find. Put a great big smile on my face-I hate to iron, maybe I'll like it better wearing a frilly apron!

ellen b said...

Hi Fiona!
Oh my how I love the illustrations in this great old book! Just fabulous...

Heather said...

What a fantastic find! I love those kinds of books.

grace said...

Those pictures kill me. I remember having books as a kid that were purchased from library clear-out sales, and they had illustrations much like that. At one point, I asked my mom where her apron was. I don't think she appreciated the question.

Kellie said...

Precious! A book full of eye candy...LOVE it!

Amy said...

that is so cool! I would be madly scanning the pages :-)

Dawn said...

wonderful pictures--don't you just love how the women have so much fun doing household chores in these old books!

Elizabeth said...

What a great find! Love the illustrations, a great book to just flip through from time to time!

Angie said...

What a great book. How fun to look through, I'm sure!

Jewelgirl said...

What a wonderful book with terrific
images in it..... it took me back to
a much simpler time!
Love it... Just wondering 1940'S copyright?