Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Domestic Science circa 1921, 1922 and 1923!

My Aunt Eddie was truly a craftswoman and artist.  All of us of an older age and female took classes in “domestic science,” or maybe you knew it as “Home Economics.” I remember my sewing class in high school and I seem to recall cooking cookies.

Definition of Domestic Science: “The study of cooking, needlework and other subjects concerned with household skills.” from the English Dictionary.

Here is a curriculum for public schools in 1920 in Domestic Science:

http://www.viu.ca/homeroom/content/topics/programs/2001/DOMSCI20/index.htm

  1. Needlework
  2. Household sewing
  3. Preparatory lessons in Home Management and Personal Hygiene
  4. Practical Cookery, theoretical cookery
  5. Laundry work
Eddie at her sewing machine

Eddie at her sewing machine

I wish you could see these and feel them, they have survived 91+ years.  I have practiced these techniques in my time as well in the 1960’s.

Eddie's examples from her Domestic Science Class 1921-23

Eddie’s examples from her Domestic Science Class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

More of her samples for Domestic Science class 1921-23

Eddie's work more samples

Eddie’s work – more samples

Snaps anyone - More of Eddie's work

Snaps anyone – More of Eddie’s work

4 Responses to Eddie’s Collection of Junk: Domestic Science circa 1921, 1922 and 1923!

  1. Byrna Klavano says:

    I enjoyed seeing the sewing samples. I still darn my hiking socks to make them last longer.

  2. Barb says:

    Bonnie, I’ve enjoyed the last few entries about Eddie’s junk. But, of course, it isn’t to me. They are treasures. I sewed for a good 40 years, and my mother majored in textiles. so I appreciate these posts The pink/green plaid swatch looks very familiar, as I had something made out of it, either a dress or skirt, my mother made. Thanks for these.

    • bonmac says:

      Barb: Isn’t it amazing. To have these personal items of my Aunt makes me happy. She was a pal to me. I have very few possessions from the family so when I got this scrapbook I was very happy to have it. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I actually made cloth dolls and toys and have this pattern collection accumulated during the 1990’s. My mother sewed a lot and I had her sewing machine till it broke. It really does take you down memory lane. Thanks for stopping by.

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