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1940s 101 Things… books reissued

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Reissued for nostalgia, but probably containing quite a few handy hints for the modern era are 101 Things For The Housewife To Do from 1949 and 101 Things To Do In Wartime, originally published in 1940.

According to the first of those titles, there was never a dull moment in the 1949 for the average housewife, with all that dusting, bed making and picture-straightening to do, as well as the other 98 tasks worthy of your attention. And if you can do it with an upright poise and a smile on our face, all the better it would seem. The Wartime book is much more practical – no-nonsense advice on everything from  cheap meals and fixing your household essentials to keep fit and keeping a fair complexion. Advice we could probably all do with today I’d say.

Interesting as novelties, but packed with long-forgotten tips and skills we could all do with, you can pick both up for £7.99 each in hardback.

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