I'm reading a set of books from 1914 titled Our Wonder World. It is kind of like an encyclopedia set, but not as much information in them. Anyway, I've been very amused at the way in which these books are written. It seems that the author tells you how to feel about things. Because we are building a new house, I was reading a section titled "When you plan your house." Here is an excerpt:
"Many modern houses, especially those of the bungalow type, are so arranged that one enters the living room directly from the entrance porch; but this is objectionable, for visitors must then be ushered directly into the apartment where the entire family may be assembled and where a certain degree of privacy is most desirable. It is much better to arrange for a small hall or for a little reception room, where the caller, who may perhaps have only a business errand, will not be submitted to the embarrassment which he must necessarily feel when he finds himself intruded into the family circle."
"If the housewife is wise, she will have a large cupboard in the basement for storing preserves and similar delicacies, with broad, adjustable shelves and tight doors."
Are you a "wise" housewife? :)
2 weeks ago