Can-Fed Husbands


Shamokin News-Dispatch - Apr 1927


From Songs of a Housewife, by Marjorie Rawlings. It's an odd book of poetry, recording in verse all the various complaints and problems of 1920's housewives, such as husbands who complained about being given canned food.

Available at Amazon, which gives the following, fuller description of it:

This charming collection of poems that Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek) wrote in the 1920s were so popular that they appeared one-a-day in a New York newspaper for two full years. Organized by task, the poems graphically depict the life of a housewife (mending, baking, dusting, and the joy of a sunny window) with wisdom and humor. In the days before convenience stores and microwaves, Rawlings reminds us of the horror of having company show up with nothing fixed to feed them. Or in a more timeless vein, the disdain a harried mother feels for the neighbor who has all her Christmas shopping done and wrapped early.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 16, 2015
     Category: Wives | Poetry | 1920s





Comments
We need to get this thing reprinted and distributed to ALL the women of the world.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/16/15 at 08:48 AM
Today the food references would be Hot-Pockets and Spaghetti-O's.

Oh! Doesn't that make your mouth water?
Posted by KDP on 01/16/15 at 01:33 PM
Patty cake, Patty cake, takes her men... One in the kitchen and two in the den.
😉 :red:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 01/16/15 at 04:44 PM
The kitchen is for cooking.(not that kind)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/16/15 at 05:53 PM
The life of a housewife (mending, baking, dusting, and the joy of a sunny window). Love it! (although the window had better be clean or it's not a joy anymore)
Posted by RobK on 01/21/15 at 10:47 AM
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