After posting about my Crypt Keeper hands the other day, things went from bad to worse.
Friday night, my hands just flat out hurt and burned from being so dry and chapped. Then of course when there is a dry cuticle, I have to pick it til it bleeds.
(Sparky, I'm ordering the product you recommended, and Deb at FFH, I'm drinking more water!)
I thought I'd refer to my latest copy of Women's World to see what they recommended.
It's from February 1932, but it is the most recent copy I have.
Lo and behold, on the very first page, I found my answer.
Seems that I've been using the wrong soap.
I didn't know that washing dishes, cleaning woodwork and washing curtains could ruin your hands!
I really got a kick out of this advertisement.
So much so, that I'm going to type the whole kit and caboodle out, just in case you'd like to read it too!
It happened just about the middle of the luncheon. Frances, smiling and charming, in lovely Paris clothes. Millie, talking with gay animation - eager to describe her ten happy years of married life.
And Tom has done awfully well," she was saying. "He's a manager of the new factory - and the people here in town say..."
Just then Frances' eyes fell to Millie's hand resting on the white tablecloth. It was just a fleeting glance, but Millie noticed. Her voice died away as she looked at her own hands. How red they were. How rough. How scrubby looking. The didn't look like the hands of successful man's wife.
She couldn't go on to tell about the dear little house they'd bought and the new car. It would sound as though she were trying to make up for those poor, hard-working hands...
And the meeting was spoiled for Millie.
The busiest hands can stay as smooth and white as hands that never work. It isn't work that spoils hands - it's harsh soap. And harsh soap is so unnecessary.
Ivory Soap will wash dishes, clean your woodwork, wash your curtains quickly and well. And Ivory will protect your hands. It will keep the cuticle soft and even. It will keep your skin smooth. It won't spoil your manicure like strong soaps. Just try Ivory for every soap and water task for one week - your hands will tell the world a pleasant story.
What have I learned from this advertisement?
First of all....I'm amazed at how ads were 'stories' then.
Would today's consumers bother to read an entire ad?
I think not.
My hands are terribly 'scrubby' looking.
I could do better, I really could, and I'm going to try.
Gardening season is coming, and if I don't get on top of my scrubby hands now, I'll look positively homeless by June.
I've also learned to keep my hands UNDER the table when I'm having lunch with a friend, thankyouverymuch.
On the other hand (no pun intended), I'm rather proud of my hands.
They've served me well.
They do their tasks quickly, and with skill.
Perhaps my hands don't tell the story of a successful business man's wife, but they do tell a story of a hard-working, farm girl wannabe, that's not afraid to get her hands dirty.
And friends, that's a story I'm happy to tell.