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May 12, 2019


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That's a pretty strange statement, 'Add years to mother's life.'

The basic premise of the ad I understand - in that time the assumption is that the mother did all the domestic work, so giving her a labor saving item was appropriate. There was a novel, I think called 'Our Town' where wives were having more leisure time because of washing machines, etc., and would hang out in one another's houses playing cards, etc. That was sort of a major social shift, in the 1930 or 1940s.

I remember my mother having to take the laundry out of the tub and run it through the wringer. That was in the early to mid-50s. True the washboard had become a thing of the past and agitating the laundry in the tub did give women the chance to do their other domestic tasks.

Oh, my mom worked outside the home most of my life and still managed to be PTA president, a volunteer for many school functions, kept score for our little league teams -- which my dad coached, was a Den Mother, always attended our school plays and band concerts and helped create the legal assistant program at PCC.

And today's young mother is upset if she misses an episode of Game of Thrones.

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