I don't have any photos in my family archives that fit the meme this week. I don't think my frugal German ancestors would have wasted precious photos on household items. Howevert I have inherited from my Great Aunts this encyclopedia outlining everything a womans should know about conducting a household.
The book is well worn, so even though my two old aunts were spinsters and intellectuals, they were obviously interested in maintaing a good household.
This book covers such topics as - The House - Choice, Construction and Fittings: Mistress and Servants; Guide to Cookery: Household Linen; Dress - Its choice and Care: Etiquette and Social Guide: Management of Money and Legal Guide: Home Dressmaking: Health and the Toilet: Poultry: Home Nursing and First Aid: Household Upholstery and Repairs: The Child: Home Gardening.
Choosing brushes for the household
Ironing a chemise
But what fascinated me most were the chapters on careers for women - remembering this was 1911. I guess it's also what caught the eye of my great aunts - well known academics and teachers in Adelaide. In fact one of them was Senior Mistress in Maths and Physics at Adelaide Boys High School and taught Sir Marcus Oliphant in his Matriculation Year.
Some of the chapters under Women's Careers include - Literary and Secretarial Work: Medicine and Nursing; Women in Horticulture and Agriculture; Domestic Science: Women in Business: Civil Service and Public Work: Arts and crafts: Social and Philanthropic Work and Women in Politics.
All in all a treasured heirloom and interesting reading.
Liz Needle - linking with "Sepia Saturday" and "Tuesday Treasures".