125 Years of Ladies' Home Journal: Home & Decorating

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Ray Rohn

Help with Her Housework

In the early 1920s the live-in servant tradition was falling by the wayside. Ladies' Home Journal published several guides to prepare for this drastic change, such as "Making Housekeeping Automatic," which extolled the virtues of new gadgets that would replace servant help, including refrigerators and washing machines. In 1921 Ladies' Home Journal suggested creating a combined kitchen, dining, and living room to "save steps and conserve heat...." Later that year a guide appeared to help reduce a homemaker's "brain fatigue" by calling for alterations to the traditional kitchen setup, such as adding a center worktable (a precursor of the now-popular kitchen island) and advocating that all cookware be kept out in the open on pot racks.


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