✯ Day 32 of Vintage 365 ✯
It was the charming illustrations, bold colour palette and multi-columned layout of this vintage Homemaker's War Guide that first captured my eye (when I spied it in x-ray delta one's Flickr stream), however it takes but a moment more to see that there is much to appreciate about the earnest, straightforward advice it offered American civilians during WW2.
Though targeted at homemakers, the practical "make do and mend" tips this handy guide (for a larger, easier to read version click here) offered no doubt applied to men, women and children from all walks of life during the challenging war years.
With everything from suggestions on how best to make rubber items last (don't store them in hot, dry places) to what kinds of rags and fabric cast-offs could be donated to the war effort, this information packed page would likely have been one that could be found in many homes of the day.
Today the Homemaker's War Guide stands as a poignant reminder of some of the many ways in which a nation once rallied together to help ensure a victorious outcome to a horrific war, and is the sort of highly meaningful piece of history that I never tire of encountering in my online vintage travels.