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Posts Tagged: 1940s

Lessons from the 1940s Mother – Work and Play

Today’s parenting magazines trumpet the necessity of playing with your children, and mommy blogs gush about the joys of floor time and entering the child’s world. If a 1940s’ mom time-traveled to 2010, she would be confused by this. She had work to do. Play was for children. Not that she ignored her children, but… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s Woman – “Grown-Up Culture”

US poster promoting canning, 1943

The more I look at this poster, the more I see how our culture has changed. In the 1940s, mother-daughter outfits were popular – the daughter wanted to dress just like her mother. Nowadays, middle-aged mothers dress like their teenaged daughters. Something has flipped in recent generations. In traditional cultures, children couldn’t wait to grow… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s Woman – Woman’s Work Is Good Work

US poster promoting canning, 1943

She’s canning. In a frilly apron. And she’s smiling. To the 2010 woman, this image looks hokey. Doesn’t she know that kind of work is drudgery? A waste of her potential? Beneath her? While the women’s movement opened up traditional men’s work to women, somehow in the process, traditional women’s work was demeaned. Child care,… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s Woman – Support Your Man!

US recruiting poster, 1944

Here’s a poster that would never be printed today. To the eye of the 2010 woman, this girl looks a bit…daft. The doting little woman fawning over her man’s accomplishments. Doesn’t she have a life of her own? Maybe she’s not as stupid as we think. Though our culture has undergone a gigantic shift, the… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s Woman – Be Involved!

US War Bond Poster, 1942

When World War II began, women sprang to action as volunteers. This was an area in which women already excelled. For example, my hometown’s Women’s Club was founded in 1902. In the early years, they were responsible for raising funds and spearing drives to establish the town’s library, high school, street signs, house numbering, street… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s Woman

US poster by J. Howard Miller, 1943

  Rosie the Riveter is the icon of World War II women – strong but feminine. She’s got biceps, but she curls her hair and does her nails. She can do a man’s work, and don’t you dare tell her she can’t. She is woman; hear her riveting gun. Today I’m starting a series of… Read more »