The English Housewife

Originally posted on theelizabethans1558:

Whilst doing some research on the Elizabethan period I came upon a wonderful book called ‘The English Housewife’, written by Gervase Markham (1568?-1637).  The book is full of advice for the more affluent housewife such as, ‘Of Physical Surgery'; ‘Of distillations and their virtues, and of perfuming'; ‘Of Wines'; ‘Of Wool, Hemp, Flax and Cloth’, and many more.  Although this book was published in the very early 17th Century (around 1615) it would have been relevant in the Elizabethan era.

The chapter which I found interesting was ‘Of Cookery’.  Markham sets out what an English housewife should know about cookery and how she should go about it.

To speak then of the outward and active knowledges which belong to our English housewife, I hold the first and most principal to be a perfect skill and knowledge in cookery, together with all the secrets belonging to the same, because it…

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Vintage Advertised Goods Still Available Today

Originally posted on Sleeping on the Edge of Sleep:

Reading through a vintage ladies magazine today from 1942, it surprising to see how many advertised goods are still available today. So I did a run-through of the adverts on Google, to see what of the more obscure items I could find still being produced today. The total amount ran up to 45 items! So I thought you might like to see what I found.

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