Sunday, January 20, 2013

Frugal Tips and Lessons from 1928-1929

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

All week I kept thumbing through magazines from 1928, and 1929, fascinated by this time period when so much was happening in the world, such as Prohibition and the beginning of The Great Depression. The magazines have so many helpful recipes and tips that I decided to divide them into several articles, grouping together topics.

I also found the above advertisement from OXO, a company out of Great Britain and Europe that started out producing "meat extract", then later sold beef cubes, which is what the graphic is advertising. Can you imagine if we tried to give today's children a cup of beef broth instead of milk or hot chocolate before bedtime?

The tips featured in the first of the articles I'm writing the month contain advice on clothslines, removing stains and sewing.  I think you'll enjoy these, and the other tips as I share throughout the month.  The first article is here:



  1. Hi Brenda;
    I loved this post and would like to see more tips from the "olden days." I do have a question, where do you find these magazines? I have looked at thrift stores, garage sales and used book stores and never seen any old magazines. I did look online, but they seem to be expensive. Thanks, Nana

  2. Nana--- sorry I missed your question! My dad goes to quite a few auctions, and he picks up old magazines and books. He doesn't find them every time, but when he does it's always a nice group of them. I have seen them on ebay too. I go to garage sales and thrift stores mostly, but only seem to find newer things.


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