June 7, 1950 - My Favorite Husband, Slovenly Men of the 50's

I was listening to one of my favorite radio shows while I was folding the laundry yesterday, My Favorite Husband.  It was a 1950 radio show starring Lucille Ball, and was basically I Love Lucy with different names, she had a best friend that she got into trouble with and all.
Yesterday's episode was about her husband never cleaning up after himself and I never really thought about it but in 1950 there is a big difference in what people considered to be a slob.  Now she was making a description of her husband and said that he was sitting there with his shirt collar undone and the sleeves rolled up with his shoes off and she was afraid that if anyone came over they were going to see him looking like a slob.  Other than when he is at work, how often do you see a man in anything but T-Shirts and jeans.  I don't stand over my husband and dictate what he wears, I try to have an opinion but he buys T-Shirts in bulk, I swear.  To get him to dress nicely outside of work is like pulling teeth and I think that most men are like that.  It's not quite as bad as so many of the women that I see now that go out daily in their pajamas but still I would give anything to live in a society where people cared about what they looked like at all times and not just when they had to.  I understand comfort is important but there are plenty of clothes out there that look nice and are made of soft cotton and really if there isn't you can make some easily enough.  Anyone can sew if you just take a few days to learn.  It is a skill that you can carry with you for the rest of your life and you can make clothes in any style that you want.
That is how you get a 50's style wardrobe.  It would be far too expensive to go out and buy original clothes from the fifties, if you could find pieces that were still well put together with no holes or stains and in your perfect size seeing as so many pieces of clothing back then were tailor made.  You then have to deal with the enormous price tag.  I found one authentic dress once that would fit me and even that was on the cusp of the fifties and the sixties which is a little late in the style for me.  That particular article even with a small stain on the hem was $130.  Why buy that when I can make a very similar dress with 50's look material for a mere $60 at the top of the scale that is tailor made to fit me and will last a good 10 years before any mending will need to be done, as long and I can keep it clean.
As I have said before, I am proud to be a woman, I take joy in looking like a put together woman.  I get compliments nearly everyday on how classy and pretty I look with my pearls and subtle make-up.  This is something that never takes me more than 15 - 20 minutes a day and there is not too much of a difference in comfort between what I wear during the day and the night gowns that I wear to sleep at night.  In fact I think that women forget how comfortable and free a nice dress can make you feel.  I'll be the first person to tell you that when you go out dressed vintage you can get some stares but they have never been negative.  More people are more surprised that I look normal.  I do not have a bunch of tattoos and I have blonde hair so I don't look like your typical Rockabilly girl, I have no interest in being a Betty Paige look a like.  I just want to be the best 50's housewife that I can be.
Here I go stepping down off of my soapbox and going back to happier subjects.  Yesterday I made a delicious chicken meal called creamed mushroom chicken. 

Creamed Mushroom Chicken
250 Ways to Make Poultry and Game Birds
My Version feeds 2:
1 large boneless chicken breast
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of flour
salt & pepper
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup of condensed milk
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 slices toast

1. Cut the chicken breast into pieces of around 1" - 1 1/2"
2. Heat some fat (I use leftover bacon grease, yummy!)
3. Preheat the oven to 350
4. Dip the chicken in the milk and coat with a mixture of flour salt and pepper
5. Brown the chicken on both sides, it doesn't need  to be fully cooked just most of the way done.
6. Put 1/4 cup water in the bottom of a casserole dish.
7. Put in browned chicken and place in the over for about 15 - 20 mins
8. Take out and add the the condensed milk and cream of mushroom soup, stir and coat the chicken until slightly smooth, it doesn't have to be perfect.
9. Put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
10. Serve over toast.

I served this with pickled beets and mixed vegetables for a really delightful and easily re-heatable dinner after a long days work.

Till Later!


June 6, 1950 - They Did Projects Like This in the 50's Too

I have happily lived in my fifties world for about 3 years now, sometimes more so than others and I have seen a few people that share in the same vision of a happy life that I have.  This morning when looking through today's paper about a man that was obsessed with the French 18th Century, adopting as much into his life as he could.  I suppose that in every generation no matter when you live there are those of us who just feel like we don't belong in the time that we are in.  For me it is the fifties who knows where there are other communities of people that live their lives in another decade or even century, and not for some television show but because it's what they love.
I have heard of a girl that with the exception of facebook and shopping she lives full time in the 1890's and there was an older woman that I read an article about that lives out in the woods exclusively in the 1830's and has for over 30 years.  These women both live alone which is why I believe that it is easier for them to live the life they lead.  Again, although he is wonderful and makes many concessions for my obsession, my husband would not live the 50's life full time with me.  However, he has agreed to wear a couple of 50's shirts if I made them for him so somewhere down the road, when I get closer to the wardrobe that I want, I will make him a few cute shirts to add to his wardrobe.
Just for fun here are the photos of the home of the man that was addicted to 18th century France.


June 3, 1950 - A Collection of adds from yesterdays Newspaper

There is no edition available for todays newspaper so I thought that I would share a few adds from yesterday's paper.  Everyone loves a picture laden post after all.

 Nonfat Dry Milk called Starlac made by Borden.
 An add for a store that caters to full figured women, although the women in the photo doesn't seem very full figured to me, seems things haven't changed too much.
 Time for backyard barbeques and Coca-Cola.
 I always love adds that include the price.  If your wondering the equivalent of today's money a general rule of thumb is around $1 - $9.50.
This gem was taken from the sports section so you can tell their target demographic.

Lastly, an add for every childs favorite drink, Kool-Aid.  Food is the one thing that hasn't inflated quite as quickly as everything else, it's catching up but you can still usually find a packet of Kool-Aid for about $0.30.


June 2, 1950 - The Daily Pattern

 Now I think this is just darling, I just don't think you could get away with dressing your little one in it today without getting some funny looks, although a little girl in pink gingham with yellow and green flowers would be just the cutest.

Not a fan of parrots in real life and I think that they are a little tacky in household furnishing but to each their own.


June 1, 1950 - The Daily Pattern

I have to say, today's pattern is very plain Jane, I think that if you had enough experience in doing so you may even be able to self draft this little number.

However the Household Arts pattern is just the cutest thing.  I am a sucker for a good cross stitch sampler and for someone that doesn't have any children it's nice to see one that isn't either about a baby or religion.