Tri-Counties Genealogy & History
by Joyce M. Tice
Care of Clothing - circa
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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In times past, just as now, many recipes and housekeeping ideas
were copied from magazines and passed around among friends and family.
They became part of the family's traditions in that way. These clippings
are from the scrapbook of my Grandmother, Mildred Mudge [1895-1925] and
were pasted in with a heading Care of Clothing.
Her scrapbook also includes recipes,
care of the sick, and stories of interest. I will present more of these
and you are very welcome to submit items on the subject from scrapbooks
you may have. Tell who saved them and the date as close as you can.
|Space HERE for your Family scrapbook housekeeping clippings.
Just type it up and send in email or Word document. Be sure to say your
name and state and who you got the antique clipping from. If you can date
the clipping, even approximately, that will be nice, too. This page will
be up to your initiative.
||These items are included here to help us understand the lifestyle and
duties of our predecessors. Your female ancestors, regardless of their
individual talents and interests, were engaged in housekeeping. They did
not have the career choices then that we have now, and they did not have
the conveniences in food preparation and household functions that we take
for granted. They had no dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, etc. They cooked
on a wood stove. They did everything themselves with only their own "elbow
grease" and tools far more primitive than those we use. Their household
management duties were full time and more and left little time or energy
for much else. They relied on magazines and newspapers and each other for
recipes and tips on household matters.
This scrapbook that my grandmother compiled serves as a recipe book
and book of household tips. She made it herself from an old Agrucultural
Manual. Clippings were pasted on pages, and some book pages were cut out
to moderate the book's thickness. Nothing was wasted or discarded before
its usefulness was fully exhausted.
|My grandmother died of a brain tumor when my father was just a very
small child. It is only through the scrapbooks, letters and notebooks that
Mildred left behind that I am able to know her and the world in which she
lived. Had she lived in a different time and place, she would most certainly
have been a writer. She had an active mind and a variety of interests.
She was systematic, methodical, an organizer. Some of the clippings in
the scrapbooks have illustrations which she colored. I'll include a few
Tips for Care of Antique Clothing Items at http://www.vintagevixen.com/articlesCare/washOrNot.asp
Care of Clothes.
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We all know how soon the men's suits begin to lose their new look after
a while. Sometimes they are caught in a shower or perhaps are carelessly
thrown across a chair and left to be discovered by the busy housewife,
a mass of unsightly wrinkles. Now I think a farmer looks just
as nice in a nicely pressed suit as his city brother and I will tell you
how to press them to look new and stay so for a long time. First
brush carefully and clean or remove spots or shiny look with alcohol.
Lay the trousers in the original crease. Dampen a clean white cloth
and lay this over them and press with a hot iron until the cloth is quite
dry; repeat this process on both sides of seams - that is, both sides of
trouser legs. Do coat sleeves and lapels same way and press back
and front of coat very carefully, the crease being laid on seam under the
arms. Clothes carefully brushed and pressed wear twice longer and
look ever so much better also. --Amelia Reisacher, Montgomery, Co.,
How Last Season's Clothes Can Be Made to Renew Their
Though it is difficult to give general advice in the matter of economy
in clothes, there are a number of timely hints that may save every one
a bit of money here or there. The last year's suit, for instance,
need not be delegated to the charity bundle, no matter how shabby it may
seem in the glare of the bright spring sunshine. If it is shiny at
the elbows or across the shoulders at the back, the nap can be restored
by a gentle application of emery paper and a soft brush. Spots can
be removed with diluted ammonia and calcined magnesia, or, in the case
of alpaca or mohair, pure white soap and lukewarm water will work wonders.
If the collars, pocket flaps and lapels are frayed at the edges, that may
be covered with moiré of ottoman silk in a color to match the suit,
or bordered with one of the new gallons with silver, gold and Persian designs.
If the buttons that are losing their cloth covering are replaced at the
same time with bone or mother-of-pearl buttons, the jacket of the suit
will look as good as new. As for the skirt, if the hem is frayed
it may be cut off and replaced with one of the same silk that is to refurbish
the collar and cuffs. A stitched belt of the same silk completes
the costume. If the lace or net yokes and cuffs of silk waists have
a worn and ancient look about them, they may be veiled in chiffon most
effectively. In fact, whole waists of lace or all-over net that has
done good service may still be retained in the wardrobe if covered with
one of those chic little overblouses of chiffon or gauze made in the approved
peasant style. Such a bodice, worn with a messaline or a silk crepe
skirt, makes a charming costume for afternoon and dressy wear. Lingerie
waists, or even tailored ones, that have become a little "overworn" around
the neckband and at the cuffs may be made to serve many another day if
these parts are cut off and the raw edges finished neatly with bias bands
and Chanteeler frills.
This is the season for using old pieces of lace to garnish new frocks
and old. Chemisettes and cuffs, tunics, flounces, hats, everything
may be touched up with a pretty bit of lace. Though Chantilly is
the prime favorite, none of the others may be said to be out of fashion,
save perhaps the heavier Renaissance. As for hats, if one does not
wish to trust them to a hatter to clean and reblock (for they have a way
of making them unrecognizable), one may well do it at home with the aid
of a little oxalic acid, plain sugar water or gum Arabic. The oxalic
acid is for cleaning purposes. Applied vigorously with a stiff brush,
and then thoroughly rinsed with cold water, it will work wonders.
If the hat is to have a new shape, it should be dipped into hot water,
which will make it soft and pliable. It may then be moulded into
any shape with deft hands, turned up or down, stretched or fluted, and
laid out in the sun to dry and harden into its new form. If a generous
amount of sugar is put into the water, or a little gum Arabic, the stiffness
of the hat will be insured. Laces and nets may be stiffened in the
same manner. If one wishes to make a mushroom hat out of a straight
or an upturned sailor - and this is a wonderful secret - the hat may be
placed in a deep bowl or wash basin when wet and left there to dry.
When it is dry it will have assumed the proper bowl-like contour!
Velvet ribbon, if one has not a steamer attachment for the teakettle, may
be refreshed by wetting it on the reverse side and drawing it quickly across
the flat surface of a hot iron. Velvet may be mirrored by being pressed
on the right side and under a layer of tissue paper. Silk ribbon
should be pressed when only slightly moist. If it is too damp the
ironing will stiffen it. Women who are clever with their paint brushes
can freshen up flowers like the morning dew. Last year's wreath or
garland may serve another season beneath a cloud of tulle or net, or in
a closely tied cluster in which the individual blossom does not show prominently.
Some Hints for Work Dresses
To the Editor of the Tribune Farmer.
Sir: Perhaps some of your readers have not yet finished their
spring sewing, and here are a few hints worth trying. Tier aprons
cut by a simple and reliable 10-cent pattern which is in only a few pieces
and quickly put together are just the things for hot weather wear about
your ironing, baking, etc. I make mine with elbow sleeves and round
or Dutch collar, and wear them without dresses or with odd wash skirts
and no waists. They are easier to launder than wrappers and much
cooler and neater. I am also making some pretty shirtwaists in colors
to wear out some odd skirts with. I shall make them with narrow neckbands
having buttonholes worked in them for collar buttons, and I shall wear
white collars - either standing or Dutch - with them. They are so
much prettier than white for common unless one has unlimited time for laundering.
When making house dresses, if an inch wide straight strip of the goods
is stitched over the gathers at the waist line it is an easy matter to
keep waist and skirt from parting company as they often do. Sew a
few buttons to the before mentioned strip, put corresponding buttonholes
in the skirt band and the thing is done. They need not be unbuttoned
except when they are washed if the skirt opens at the side front, as is
usually the case. Wear a belt like the dress and finish the neck
with a round turnover collar, and you will look as neat as the proverbial
Wearing a Hip Pad.
It is unsightly to see an improperly adjusted pad worn beneath the
skirts. But many women to wear the small triple pad, and when gathered
petticoats are placed over it, the skirt is lifted and bulges over the
band, frequently destroying the good effect which can be produced with
a flat pad. The only proper manner to wear one is to place it beneath
the corset, lacing it to the body. Avoid gathered skirts unless very
slender, and have all undergarments neatly arranged over the hips.
Wear Your Clothes Well.
Study to wear your clothes well. The ability to wear clothes
is the difference between women. That is the reason why, sometimes,
the girl who stands behind the counter in the dry goods store is more stylish
in appearance in her inexpensive dress than many of her wealthy customers
in their rich gowns. The sales girls, not all of them but many of
them, have learned the secret of a good appearance - that to wear one's
clothes with dignity and becomingness is the real secret of being a good
Sewing Machine and Clothing Advertisements
Fabric [Yard Goods} Advertisements
Patterns by Category - These are from pages
where several patterns are shown. I have selected one from each category.
You can see this entire beautiful magazine, and others of the period,
at my museum.
|Ladies Home Journal - May 1906 - Advertisements
From Joyce's Museum
|For Girls 14 to 18
||For Girls 18 to 20
|Styles Suitable for Summer Clothing
||Summer Gowns for the Street
Tub Frocks for Little Girls
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
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