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Thom of Inverury – poet, Calcutta, 1845

Perthshire Advertiser, 9 Jan 1845, p2


The Poet Thom – An Indian paper, just received, has the following: – An appeal to the generosity of the Calcutta community was made not long since by the Calcutta Star, and warmly supported by the Huckarn in favour of the Scottish poet, Thom, of Inverury, Aberdeenshire, who has undergone much distress owing to want of employment in his occupation of weaver.  Scotland celebrates the memory of Burns with fetes and processions, leaving the living poet to starve in a garret.  We are happy to say that a considerable sum has been subscribed for Mr Thom – in fact, upwards of £100.


Advice for attending parties – 19C

Gentlewomen Aim to Please: Edited from Victorian Manuels of Etiquette, Jerrard Tickell, London: George Routledge & Sons, 1933.


An evening party begins about nine o’clock pm and ends about midnight, or somewhat later. Good breeding neither demands that you present yourself at the commencement, nor remain till the close of the evening.  You come and go as may be most convenient to you, and by these means are liberty to present yourself at two or three houses during a single evening.

Peace Terms – Cartoon, 1919

Montreal Standard, 5 April 1919, page 1


The Meal they planned to feed the rest of the world – Din-ner-r-r!

Advice – conversation with an intellectual woman, 19C

Gentlewomen Aim to Please: Edited from Victorian Manuels of Etiquette, Jerrard Tickell, London: George Routledge & Sons, 1933.


There is no conversation so graceful, so varied, so sparkling, as that of an intellectual and cultivated woman.  Excellence in this particular is, indeed, one of the attributes of the sex, and should be cultivated by every gentlewoman who aspires to please in general society.

In order to talk well, three conditions are indisputable – namely, tact, a good memory, and a fair education.

Montreal – Canada’s Monte Carlo, 1899

Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 23 May 1899 p 3

Canada’s Monte Carlo

From all accounts, Montreal is a veritable Monte Carlo.  Gambling is carried on there of an audaciously open character.  The police say they cannot touch the lotteries, and the policy shops and pool rooms, stud-poker, joints and gaming houses for craps, faro and roulette, provoke no intervention from the law.

The fever has seized men, women and children; tickets are vended about in street, in office, and in public business, as though they formed a legitimate part of the city’s commerce, and whereas the United States have suppressed these various gambling institutions, Canada appears to treat them with astounding laxity.

The lotteries are run as art associations.  As such they cannot be touched, although the pictures nominally won are never claimed by the winners, but redeemed in money at the rate of one-half of the assumed value. Four of the policy shops – all the places are conducted under the cloak of charity – deal with huge sums, and last year over three million dollars were contributed to three large lottery concerns.

More than fifty so-called clubs, though ostensibly organised for “recreation and amusement” are gambling houses pure and simple, run by one or more proprietors who live entirely on the proceeds.

Probably the stiffest games of poker on the American continent can be found in Montreal.  Not even in the big cities of the United States can be found openly carried on as big poker games as in Montreal.  French Canadians always great gamblers, principally make these establishments such paying institutions in Montreal.

How to sell your husband (and yourself) on an electric dishwasher, Toronto, 1965

The Globe Magazine

24 April 1965, pg. 13

How to sell your husband (and yourself) on an electric dishwasher

  1. Tell him it saves time. You can easily prove this.  During one week, record every minute you spend washing and drying dishes.  Multiply that figure by 52.  Then in a cool, logical way, tell your husband how much time an electric dishwasher will save ou in just one year. It will [illegible] you too! If there are four in your family you will spend at least 225 hours a month doing dishes – a whole working month!
  2. Tell him an electric dishwasher sanitizes dishes. While he is still reeling over all the time you can save show him more figures.  This time, you can talk about bacteria.  University medical research has found the bacteria count on hand-washed plates averaged 390.  The average count on dishwasher-washed plates was under 5! (Dishwashers use water much hotter than hands can stand.  And really hot water kills germs.) Ask your husband to think about the number o family colds you could discourage with an electric dishwasher.
  3. Tell him about your hands. Caress his cheek. Then tell him your touch will be even smoother when your hands aren’t in dirty dishwater three times a day, every day of the year. Talk about the electric touch you can have!
  4. Tell him about economy. An electric dishwasher will do a full load of dishes for 3 to 5c.  This includes heating the water and running the machine.  Also point out to your husband that an electric dishwasher saves money on detergent and towels – and it never drops a plate!  You save hot water too.  There’s no need to hand rinse dirty dishes to get them ready for an electric dishwasher.  You can load them right in from the table.
  5. Tell him about convenience. Tell him that any standard-sized dishwasher can take the whole day’s dishes of an average family in one load! Explain that there are three kinds of electric dishwashers: built-in, portable and convertible.  Built-ins go right under the kitchen counter for permanent convenience. Portables go anywhere – to the dining room for direct loading – to the cottage to give you a real summer holiday.  Convertibles are portables that can become built-ins at any time.

Tell him now!  Tell him how wonderful he is to take away the sheer monotony of washing, rinsing and drying some 48,000 dishes, glasses, pieces of cutlery, pots and pans each year. (Remind him how often he has helped in this never-ending job.) Explain how your new electric dishwasher will give you (and him) a whole working month of freedom each year.

Better go over all these points with your husband again.  It’s worth it… because when your electric dishwasher arrives, so does your Lifetime Holiday from Dishes!

Take a lifetime holiday from dishes!

Ask your electric dishwasher dealer for a demonstration of one of these leading brands:

Eaton’s Viking, Frigidaire, General Electric, Inglis, Kelvinator, Kitchen Aid, Ling-Temco, RCA, Whirlpool, Tappan-Gurney, Westinghouse.

Get out the tape-measure! Marylike Standards of Dress, California, c1973

Found this pamphlet in my travels in the archives.  It was published in 1973.  I find it amusing to see how they link modesty to morality to the Virgin Mary.  Key thing to note – we have no clue what Mary wore in her day, so these strictures are just made up by people who have nothing better to do than to worry what women wear.

Warning – I do not actually agree with this stuff – so if you take the strictures seriously, sorry.  I cannot.


Pamphlet by the Apostolate of Christian Action in California circa 1973

Marylike Standards of Modesty in Dress

Our Lady of Fatima

“O Mary conceived without sin, pray of us who have recourse to Thee”

“A Dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat; which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows; and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knees.  Furthermore, dresses of transparent materials are improper.” The Cardinal Vicar of Pope Pius XI.

1.       Marylike is modest without compromise, “like Mary,” Christ’s mother.

2.       Marylike dresses have sleeves extending at least to the elbows, and skirts reaching below the knees.  (Note: because of impossible market conditions quarter-length sleeves are temporarily tolerated with Ecclesiastical Approval, until Christian womanhood again turns to Mary as the model of modesty in dress.)

3.       Marylike dresses require full coverage for the bodice, chest, shoulders, and back; except for a cut-out about the neck not exceeding two inches below the neckline in front and in back, and a corresponding two inches on the shoulders.

4.       Marylike dresses do not admit as modest coverage transparent fabrics – laces, nets, organdy, nylons, etc. – unless sufficient backing is added.  However, their moderate use as trimmings is acceptable.

5.       Marylike dresses avoid the improper use of flesh-colored fabrics.

6.       Marylike dresses conceal rather than reveal the figure of the wearer; they do not emphasize unduly parts of the body.

7.       Marylike dresses provide full coverage, even after jacket, cape or stole are removed.

“Marylike” fashions are designed to conceal as much of the body as possible, rather than reveal.  This would automatically eliminate such fashions such as tight slacks, jeans, sweaters, shorts: shorts which do not reach down to the knees; sheer blouses and sleeveless dresses; etc. the Marylike standards are a guide to instill a “sense of modesty”.  A girl who follows these, and looks up to Mary as her ideal and model, will have no problem of modesty in dress.  She will not be an occasion of sin or source of embarrassment or shame to others.

Keep this folder with you at all times to use as a guide when buying clothes.  Make sure that you purchase only garments which meet the Marylike standards.  “Be Marylike by being modest – be modest by being Marylike.”

Canadian Fashions, 1914


Montreal Daily Star, 26 November 1914, page 11


By Lillian E Young

Brass buttons do make an appeal.  We always did accept that assertion in the abstract, but now no more convincing proof of the respect accorded them, and all things military is needed than the alacrity with which such styles have been adopted and brought to the fore of the fashion world.

The war, of course, is responsible, and as one young woman was heard to remark when trying on a martial looking suit, “I almost feel as if I could go there and enlist.”

Here is one in black velvet with oxidized silver buttons and braid, and a woven silk hussar such in dull blue. The fur for the military collar and cuffs may be of Australian opossum, taupe moufflon or skunk. The short jacket stands outward at its lower edge and runs a trifle longer in back.

The fronts fasten closely about the neck and are trimmed on either side with horizontal strappings of silver braid.  The jacket hooks directly down the centre front.  A five inch band across the bottom of the jacket in front, holds in a barely perceptible fullness of the blouse portion above and is one with the entire back of the jacket, started from the underarm scam.


Mrs Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, 1907

Montreal Standard, 12 January 1907, page 8

Interesting Letter Written by a Notable Woman

Mrs Sarah Kellog of Denver, Color. Bearer of the Woman’s Relief Corps, Sends thanks to Mrs Pinkham.

The following letter was written by Mrs Kellog of 1628 Lincoln Ave, Denver, Colo, to Mrs Pinkham, Lynn, Mass:

Dear Mrs Pinkham:

“For five years I was troubled with a tumor which kept growing causing me intense agony and great mental of depression.  I was unable to attend to my house work, and life became a burden to me.  I was confined for days to my bed, lost my appetite, my courage and all hope.

“I hope not bear to think of an operation, and in my distress I tried every remedy which I thought would be of any use to me, and reading of the value of Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound to sick women decided to give it a trial. I felt so discouraged that I had little hope of recovery, and when I began to feel better, after the second week, thought it only meant temporary relief; but to my great surprise I found that I kept gaining while the tumor lessened in size.

“The Compound continued to build up my general health and the tumor seemed to be absorbed, until in seven months the tumor was entirely gone and I a well woman. I am so thankful for my recovery that I ask you to publish my letter in newspapers, so other women may know of the wonderful curative powers of Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound.”

When women are troubled with irregular or painful periods, weakness, displacements or ulceration of the female organs, that bearing-down feeling, inflammation, backache, flatulence, general debility, indigestion and nervous prostration, they should remember there is one tried and true remedy.  Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound at once removes such trouble.

No other medicine in the world has received such widespread and unqualified endorsement.  No other medicine has such a record of cures of female trouble.

Mrs Pinkham invites all sick women to write her for advice.  She is daughter-in-law of Lydia E Pinkham and for twenty-five years under her direction and since her decease has been advising sick women free of charge.  She has guided thousands to health.  Address, Lynn, Mass.

Remember that it is Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound that is curing women, and don’t allow any druggist to sell you anything else in its place.

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