Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Mode in Dress and Home

Let's visit a Home Ec class in another era, shall we?
Get your cup of tea, and sharpen your pencil, we'll still be here when you come back.
Have you got your notebook? Let's get started. We will be using the textbook "The Mode in Dress and Home".
Written by Dulcie Godlove Donovan
Illustrated by Eulalie Banks
Published by Allyn and Bacon in 1935
Why Home Ec? What will we accomplish? Let's see what is promised in the Foreword.
" 'The Mode in Dress and Home' aims ----
  1. To help pupils to develop physically, mentally, esthetically and socially.
  2. To teach the fundamentals of selecting, constructing, and caring for clothing and home furnishings.
  3. To give particular instruction in intelligent buying.
  4. To help pupils to form good habits and to cooperate at school, at home, and in the community."

Well, it seems a bit vague, but admirable. Let's get to the specifics.

Can you read the Table of Contents? Unit I is on "The Charm of an Attractive Appearance" and consists of 3 chapters:

  1. It is Easy to be Good Looking
  2. Spending Our Time and Money
  3. Shopping Weekly

Tune in next time for the highlights I will share from this Unit.


Can do mom said...

I want to hear what chapter one has to say. Such a powerful promise! ;)

Seriously, I love old books, especially something like that treasure you've got there.

Don't keep us in suspense for too long!

Carolyn said...

Oh! to have lived in those good old days!
Thank you for your sweet comment a few days ago. you asked about my biscuit recipe and since I am a slow typer I have included the link here from my old post-
Sorry to be slow but at least this time I didn't forget!
Take care,