So many of you loved the May 1949 issue of Australian Home Journal, which I prepared in June for you to download, that I thought you'd like another issue to read. This time I have the August 1949 magazine, and I have to say those fashions on the cover are gorgeous, exactly what I'd wear today if my waist was tiny!
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Reading through the pages of this issue, I decided it would be fun to try a few of the potato recipes on pages 35-36, especially the Lemon Pudding and Ginger Cake, sometime before the end of August, and I'll be sure to show you my results. I've only ever added potato to a cake once before and that was about 35 years ago when I baked a German Streusel Cake (which was delicious by the way), so I'm looking forward to giving these 'new to me' recipes a go. What about you?? Have you added mashed potato to cakes or puddings before? Want to join me in experimenting with a few of these 1949 recipes?
There's also a very simple "Princess" dress pattern to sew on page 38, suitable for a little girl aged 3-5 years. I'm going to try that, and may need some assistance with the instructions from Blossom as though it's only made with two pieces of fabric and no pattern tracing, I'm a bit confused by the shoulders and sleeve steps.
The nightly beauty treatment advice offered on page 39 was exactly what Nana followed. I've never had acne and even at age 62 my skin is really good, and for this I credit Nana as she taught me from the age of 5 to cleanse and moisturise my face each night with Pond's Cold Cream. It was part of our after-bath routine and instilled in me the life-long habit of caring for my skin every day.
Page 41...housework. I saw this lived out as a child by my Nana. The wireless (radio) playing while she went about her daily chores, a smile on her face, and definitely deserving of an afternoon tea with me each afternoon. She was very fit, but not thin by any stroke of the imagination, and could walk and walk and walk for miles, scrub floors on her hands and knees, beat the rugs after hanging them over the fence or the clothesline with a large broom...I feel weary just thinking about all she did in an ordinary day!
On page 50 there's a lacy bed cape to knit, and though they are not seen around anymore, I can't help thinking just how practical they are for autumn evenings, or winter nights huddled in bed with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.
Do you love the film, "Little Women"? I've seen them all but had totally forgotten about the 1949 version starring June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor - until I read the film reviews on pages 26-27. Now I want to find that one and watch it again. It was already an old film when I was a child, but I loved watching it on television in the 70's.
Well, I'd best not natter on because I'm sure you'll enjoy reading through the magazine yourself, and will certainly find some gems in its pages.
I'm really enjoying looking at post-war life through the eyes of women in the late 1940's. It makes me appreciate all the more what I have today, but also inspires me to simplify life in general and care more about maintaining what we own rather than replacing things; it brings back lovely memories of how Nana did things and explains why they made such a impact on my young mind at the time and even now so many decades later.
I wonder what you think about the life portrayed by an ordinary homemaker of 1949?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and memories if you're willing to share in the comments below.
Now, I shall plan some baking tomorrow. Ginger Cake first I think!
Blessings and hugs,