Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Awhile back I did a post of helpful hints. I'm always intrigued by such and especially the helpful hints of different eras. The following come from a book published in 1979.

  • How to preserve a newspaper clipping: dissolve a milk of magnesia tablet in a quart of club soda overnight. Pour into a pan large enough to accommodate the flattened newspaper. Soak clipping for one hour, remove and pat dry. Do not move until completely dry. Estimated life: 200 years. (I have a newspaper clipping from my Grandmother's wedding which took place in England in 1918! I don't think it was treated, though.)
  • Store out-of-season-clothes in large plastic lidded trash cans. Not only will your clothes be moth-proof, they will stay dry in damp basements.
  • Keeping Jack Frost off windows: It gives several options and the last one is "head south."
  • Here's a good one I have used. How to hide nail holes from the landlady: rub toothpaste into the hole and smooth with a damp sponge.
  • If salad greens are wet and you need them right away, place in a pillow case and spin dry in your washing machine for a few seconds. This hint is especially good to know if you are serving salad to a large crowd. (Yeah, I'll get right on that...)

and last but not least I'll leave you with this helpful hint:

  • Whispering works wonders when a child is angry. Simply whisper gentle words into his ear. He will stop crying so he can hear what you're saying. And, 100% effective on husbands!

(Mary Ellen's BEST of helpful hints, Special Edition, Mary Ellen Pinkham and Pearl Higginbotham, Warner/B. Lansky Books, Revised Edition copyright 1979.)


  1. Great tips, Nancy! How times have changed. I'm off to try that new technique on my Christmas dinner salad! I'll let you know how it goes ....

  2. Please do, and be sure to tell your guests how you prepared their salad, LOL! :-)

  3. The salad turned out quite well, but my washer doesn't have just a "spin" cycle, so I had to put it through the entire wash cycle. Next time, I don't think I'dd add the detergent, and maybe use cold water instead of hot.

  4. You crack me up! Too funny, made me laugh and I needed that today, Trudy!