Sometimes I think that I was born about 50 years too late. I have always been facinated with tthe 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. There are few things better than listening to old Jack Benny radio broadcasts, or looking at old TWA ads in vintage magazines. I love me some Mad Men. I mean, a show that combines the 1960s, design, and advertising? how could I not love it?
So imagine my joy when I stumbled upon Jen (but never Jenn!) Byck’s superb blog. A year ago Jen embarked on a wild experiment: living the life of a 1950s housewife. Using a variety of vintage cookbooks, marriage manuals, and a bit of vintage clothing, Jen set out to be the ideal 1950s wife, with interesting and oftentimes hilarious results. Trust me, reading of her exploits with gelatin-based foods will leave you both nauseated and howling with laughter. Jen’s stories are fun and, unlike much of my meager content, extremely well-written. I implore you to take a few minutes and start reading this fantastic exploration of a time when the societal expectations of women were far different than they are now, a time when the priorities of men tended to come before the desires and hopes of women, and a time when any food could be made better with the addition of a Campbell’s Condensed Soup-based sauce!