Thursday, March 4, 2010

More Vintage Wisdom

I am really enjoying these old magazines.
I'm wishing now I hadn't purged them years ago.
I saved five.
I had 25.

I love the ladies at the clothesline.
I'm not sure what it is about laundry, and hanging clothes on the line that I find so restorative.
I adore homemaking, did you know that?

I don't know about you, but I could use some of this ointment.
I'm ailing with some serious damp day pains.

I'm going to leave this in the coop so the girls can read it.
No more living like divas, it's time to pay up chickas.

This just made me happy.
Flowers are a necessity.
Amen Maud, amen.
I wish I had one more hen, so I could name her Maud.

I didn't know this, did you?

There's one more thing certain in my life, other than death and taxes.
It's this.

I shan't ever be admired for the smartness of my frocks.
I'm ok with that.
I've accepted it.
I still don't accept the death thing, though.

Girls, they are still pushing the coconut.
Even going as far as saying, if your man doesn't get enough of it at home, he's gonna look elsewhere for it.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
You'd better put some coconut on the table tonight.
I'm just sayin'.

My favorite ad from the 1932 February issue of Woman's World.

'Some Women Are Funny That Way'

And it reads:

Some women have a happy knack of finding joy in the simplest everyday things.

A table set with crisp, snowy linens - a cake baked to fluffy perfection - sunbeams dancing on spotless floors - towels fragrant with sweet, airy cleanness - in such simple homely things, these women find delight.
They're funny that way.

The ad goes on to sing the praises of Fels-Naptha soap. Funny thing, I use that soap almost daily. The ad then admonishes us to jot down 'Fels-Naptha' on our grocery list, whether we soak or boil - 'Nothing can take the place of Fels-Naptha.

Check out this website for all of your soap needs:

I have a feeling, if you are reading this blog - you're funny that way too.


  1. I definitely have grey hair disease (only my hairdresser knew before now), but I must have bad eye disease, too, because I couldn't read the article even with my glasses on! Oh, I must know the cure!!

    Loved this post!

  2. Jayme-I just found your site from PW's. I am so excited!! I met you and your nephew Aaron at the Skokie signing of PW's cookbook. I was the blonde with the camera that took a million pictures a row or two behind you. I took quite a few of your nephew and that little 2 year old that was sweet on him. I didn't know you live in Crown Point, I'm over in Chesterton. Small world. Didn't mean for this to be so lengthy, I just wanted to say hi! It is a rarity when you find someone over the net who is similar to you and lives close! If you get a chance, drop me a line.
    Take care!!

  3. But 25 doesn't seem like that many, oh don't you hate it when that happens! I am also a Fels girl also, best spot remover EVAR! How is the weaving of rugs going? What's on the loom looks awesome!

  4. I just found your blog and I am hanging out down here in a Wheatfield, somewhat near you also, & enjoying your comments! thanks for the fun!

  5. Yes...I'm funny that way, too...and proud of it! :)

  6. Fels??? What the... why is it I have never heard of this fine product before?

    But coconut?? Well that's a different story. Love my coconut.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  7. I'm trying to smile through my housework and I don't think I love it quite like you do, Jayme. But yes, I like the feeling of everything clean and pretty...I'm just funny that way, ya know?

    My man hates coconut, but LOVES nuts.

    I pay to hide my diseased hair. LOL. (shhh...don't tell anyone!)

    Thanks again for a good laugh.

  8. Jayme,

    I love those old magazines too..OMG I wish I still had mine.

    I found sooooo many of them in the house that we bought with my parents when I was little, who knows how much they were would be worth right now.

    I sent you an email, I hope that I had the right address.

    Here is mine just in case.


  9. Grabbing my keys and running to the grocery for some coconut in my smart frock.....


  10. I AM funny that way, in fact I crack myself up!

  11. Maud it is!! I have two leghorns named Thelma and Louise... needed more eggs so got a third one...never could think of a name for her... Maud it is!!! Thelma, Louise and Maud thank you for the name :O)...

  12. What a fun visit! well...I'm funny that way right with ya girl. And this is one time I don't mind being defined that way. :-) I always took that phrase to mean a little on the odd side, or maybe a little quirky, or not quite like the norm...but if what they said fits the phrase. ...OKAY!!
    Well, I'm watching for the new gal Maude to appear and get a very special introduction post right here at CoopKeeper Tales blog column. I'm seeing her in a fancy bonnet or straw hat w/a flower, too.... :-) heck maybe even an apron... You make me laugh, and I needed that today. Thanks boocoodles. hugs

  13. Too funny Jayme!! :) Heck, I am a nurse and I didn't even know grey hair was a disease! ;) LOL

  14. "I'm funny that way. What do you mean funny, funny how? I mean funny like I'm a clown? I amuse you?"

    said in my best NY/NJ accent

    - Deborah

  15. Loved seeing the adds from the old magazine. My mother always used Oxidol for her laundry. Love that you are sharing these old magazines with the rest of us.

  16. Thank God I am funny that way! When I remodeled my half story upstairs I found ads from the 1920s imbedded with the tar paper insulation, yep home builders were funny that way back then. Anyway the adds were hilarious and the products down right cheap. I wish I would have been able to keep them but they were too brittle and fell apart.


  17. Too funny! I love this post.

    Me? Funny that way? Guilty!


  18. Being funny that way is the only way to be, I say.

    I remember reading through stacks of 1950's reader's digest when I was a kid, it was fascinating then and it's still fascinating now - marketing sure was a whole other ballgame back then, eh?

  19. Yeah, I'm funny that way too and I also have the gray hair disease and it's getting worse every day!

  20. What a hoot! Calvin just requested coconut cupcakes for his impending b-day party. :)

    ps- LOVE Maud!

  21. Those ads are hilarious! Mini novels. I certainly don't want my man getting his coconut fix anywhere else, so I'd best get to baking! These are great, Jayme. Keep sharing.

  22. Jayme, this are geat! You should have these framed and hang them somewhere where they can bring a smile to your face! Like the laundry room area or an extra bathroom, etc... Love them!

  23. I love your blog! You make me laugh out loud.Thanks for all the time you put into it.It's such a joy.

  24. Julie...I love the old mag's too...and the old ads.
    We use to live in INDY..for over 33 years..and had been to Crown Point a number of I am a retired professional photographer..and used Burrell Colour Labs for all the years I had my studio..and at times, I had to travel up there to work with them on a SPECIAL print I was wanting done JUST RIGHT.

    You have every RIGHT to be proud of being a homemaker, good for you, if you lived close ( we now live in Texas)...I would hire you to bake and cook for us.

    It just is not my gigg unfortunately.

    Love, Rose

  25. Catching up on my blog reading (!) and this one left me laughing until tears ran down my face. Questions: does Gray Hair Disease top Damp-Day pains? And can I cure them both with liberal doses of coconut and Fels-Naptha soap while hanging out my laundry?

  26. I love these ads too. It's what I aspire to, this sense of pure joy with the housekeeping. I feel like I'm on my way. The routine was the start and cleaning our and organizing in preparation for the move was a huge help. P.S. I suffer from that grey hair disease too.


    Jayme please let me know if this is your correct email.

    I sent you one there.


  28. What a joy it is to read such witty words from a kindred spirit. You make me smile with my whole face.

    : )

  29. My Great Great Grandmother's name was Maud, and when my generation was coming into the world there was talk of reviving some of the old family names. She stated without hesitation, "Don't go naming any of those children Maud, that is just not a fit name for a child". No one did choose the name, but maybe for a chicken she would have approved. The name they didn't give me that I wish they had is Fidelia, another Great Great Grandmother. Great magazines.


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