Wednesday 28 September 2016

10 things I learned by reading an Irish women's magazine from 1937

Published 15/12/2015 | 11:12

Cooking the Books with Joanna Kiernan: Spiced Chicken by Jamie Oliver.
Photo:Michael Donnelly.
Cooking the Books with Joanna Kiernan: Spiced Chicken by Jamie Oliver. Photo:Michael Donnelly.

About a year ago, I was summoned to my parents home to remove a box of what I like to call my ‘treasures’ (aka years worth of my hoarding).

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While trawling through this collection, I came across a box which I had salvaged from my late grandmother’s home and she in turn had taken from her mother’s house.

It contained a small stack of Women’s Magazine’s from March and April of 1937- the year the Wallis Simpson scandal rocked the British royal family and resulted in the abdication of King Edward VIII. I can't say for certain, but I'm pretty sure this was the story my great-grandmother was thinking of when she decided to save these magazines.

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1. Celebrity scandal is nothing new.

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2. The goal for women back then was ‘loveliness'...

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3. Women liking wine is nothing new; they just had better excuses for drinking it in 1937.

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4. Chubby babies were all the rage.

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5. Some brands are older that you might think.

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6. Eggs were considered luxuries.

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7. ‘Hysterical handwriting’ was viewed as tantamount to running around town in your dressing gown while screaming your head off.

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8. The biggest beauty fails were looking too skinny, tired or pale.

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9. We’ve come pretty far in ways...

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10. But other things remain pretty much the same...

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