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A 1950s Housewife

A 1950s Housewife [Kindle Edition]

Sheila Hardy
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Getting married in the 1950s was quite a different experience to how it is today. After the independence of the wartime years, women now had to leave their jobs when they married and support their husband by creating a spotless home, delicious meals and an inviting bedroom. From ingenious cleaning tips, ration-book recipes and home decor inspiration, the homemaking methods of the 1950s give a hilarious and poignant insight into the lives of women in that decade. In A 1950s Housewife, author, wife, mother and grandmother Sheila Hardy collects heart-warming personal anecdotes from those women, many of whom are now in their eighties, who embarked on married life during this fascinating post-war period and provides a heart-warming trip down memory lane for any wife or child of the 1950s.

About the Author

SHEILA HARDY was a teacher and lecturer of English and History before becoming first a wife and mother and then a full-time writer. She has written several biographies of notable women, including Anne Candler, Frances, Lady Nelson and, most recently, cookery writer Eliza Acton. She has also written numerous histories of her native Suffolk and has given talks in the county for over thirty years. She lives in Ipswich.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1355 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KSK2B0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T' Be' 3 Dec 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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A book written with the authority of a participant and historian, Sheila Hardy's reproduction and recollection of life for a housewife in the 1950's is remarkable. I was born in 1950 and my brother in 1946. So much of the author's plight of the problems and discrimination are vividly recalled. Much of it was through necessity. Husband was the bread-winner, wife was the domestic, totally reliant on the income from her spouse.

I recall lucidly the daily account of mother's humdrum routine. Early to rise, get the fire on, cook breakfast for husband ( out to market at 4.30am) and get the children ready for school. All before 8am. Walk the children to school ( when my brother was 8, he took me the two miles to school and back without fear). Mom went out shopping. Made the beds. No cars or buses. No supermarkets, filling a shopping bag with fresh goods. Dad was a butcher, fortunately, so post-war years saw meat. I'm not digressing, just consolidating the author's own experiences and memories. Evenings with sandwiches and then dad's cooked tea. Only saw him on Sundays when well-spoilt. Washing, ironing, cleaning without today's contraptions. Larder and no fridge, yet this was normality.

Sheila Hardy discusses all of this. She takes things beyond nostalgia ,because this was reality. (Looking back it must have been purgatory). The rapid changes that occurred with relaxation of shopping hours (how we hated Sunday School), television arriving (closed for most of the time at home). The stigma of 'living in sin' or 'having a baby out of wedlock' were taboo. My children ( all in their thirties) cannot conceive of, despite interest, the life my mother,( their grandmother) and her tales of what she went through, and my own grandmother was on a different planet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1950s Housewife 20 Jan 2013
By Babs
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I loved reading this book as it brought back so many memories for me as I was a housewife in the 1950's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good buy 25 Jun 2013
By gordon
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So much I had forgotten. A fantastic view of only 60 years ago, and we think we have it hard now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane 13 Mar 2013
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A lovely book both to remember and a good source of 1950 social history. Good details of how it once was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken back to youth 11 Mar 2013
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My Mum had this for Christmas, she loved reading and reminiscing about her Teenage years. Well worth the money ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic revisit to the 50s 5 Feb 2013
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Very authentic account of the times.Will bring back memories to those who lived it and give a good insight to anyone interested in the era.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting history but..... 15 Feb 2013
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As a history of a 1950s Housewife the content was fascinating. But no illustrations? A glaring omission as far as I am concerned. To read page after page of print with nothing else to draw the eye or the imagination rapidly became a little tedious. Without the illustrations I felt the book became rather too scholarly and with much less general interest. A shame, because unless the reader who has never experienced life in the 1950s (or even if they have) they need something visual on which to pin their understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950 Housewife. 14 Jan 2013
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What a lovely book. I am reliviing my youth and
early married years. It could be me the book is
about. I love it. Also explains our strict upbringing
compared with to-day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting.
For me, born in the mid 1950's this was partly reminiscence and partly informative. An enjoyable read, well written and interesting.
Published 11 days ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I totally enjoyed reading this book, it opened my eyes to the ways of everyday life in the 50's. It's hard to think of older relatives being like this, although it does that these... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Alison Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars I was born in 1950.
I loved this book, took me straight back to my childhood......also made realise how much easier my life has been than was my Mother,s. Nostalgic.xx
Published 1 month ago by Cookingdiamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read !!!
It was wonderful to re-live some of the memories of my childhood - although born in 1957 I can still recall many of the subjects discussed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cazzyd
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
This was a good read and brought back lots of memories that
I had long forgotten! Incredible to read what we used to have to do in the 1950's.
Published 3 months ago by crafty
2.0 out of 5 stars DULL
This book was not what iexpected, and i gave up after a few chapters, may apeal to an older reader
Published 3 months ago by bookworm j
4.0 out of 5 stars 1950 housewife
interesting to be reminded about 1950's , a lot of the things in the book similar to when I was young enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by mayfindlay
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A very interesting book actually made me realise how bad it was bringing us up then, inspirational , and true
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Wilma W Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars A light read
My parents married in 1956 and my mother was a '1950s Housewife' though one with a top-class degree from a Scottish University so perhaps not typical. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Only a child of the 50s
Hey I was a product of the 1950s - although not a housewife. I agree with the other 1* reviewer, I too found it textbookish and no story to hold it up. I got bored quickly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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