I’ve been working with my old books, looking them up on the internet to find their value. Slow process because I have to browse through them in the process of preparing them for sale, give away, or whatever I end up doing with them.
Have to share this bit from a book called Pictured Knowledge. The first pages are gone, but the book looks like one on e-bay, 1930.
One chapter is titled “Care of Babies” and discusses a program for the Little Mothers’ League. The picture depicts a Junior High School class—fourteen girls, three adults (one of whom is apparently a nurse). The following is a list of materials suggested for preparing for one of these classes:
Gas stove and tubing
Two-quart dishpan, bowl, and tea kettle
Enameled cup or saucepan, with cover, half-pint size
Eight-ounce graduate glass
Knife, tablespoon, teaspoon, toothbrush
Two bath towels, two face towels
Package (one pound) absorbent cotton
Package of gauze, five yards
Rice or starch powder
One-half pound borax
One-quarter pound mustard
One package Robinson’s barley
Small bag of salt
Bag of bran
Pad for scales
Quilted padding, five yards, to make mattress & pillow
Large size washable doll
Complete set baby clothes, with patterns for making them
If this list was from 1930, I guess that would be an appropriate list for my mom when I was born!