Now, this has got to be the most interesting story you have read all week, all month, all year.

My husband found it online at the Daily Mail…

Time Warp Wives: Meet the women who really do live in the past

By Diana Appleyard
Last updated at 10:06 AM on 08th August 2008

The credit crunch, a knife crime epidemic – no wonder so many of us are sick of the 21st century. Most of use just grumble, but some women have taken radical action to escape what they see as the soulless grind of modern life. Meet the “Time Warp Wives”, who believe that life, especially marriage, was far more straightforward in the 30s, 40s and 50s… Click thru to their site for the whole  story.

BUT MEANWHILE:

  1. Mrs. Pitcher says:

    LOVE IT! I’m just waiting for my hair to grow back out. I had a Bettie Page haircut for years and got it chopped off last year. I’m hoping to look like that again in my family photos again.

  2. Sherri(or lynndergin on flicker) says:

    Im interested in the book”the vintage face”also since im a hairstylist & love books too!So i will be looking for that & thanks for answering Pam!

  3. pam kueber says:

    Hi Sherri,

    I have no idea! I think I might re-post this photo and have a guessing contest. Note, these folks are all British, as I recall. For example, those are famous vintage English Rose steel cabinets.

  4. Sherri(or lynndergin on flicker) says:

    I know this is a older post but on the first photo what is the gizmo above the stove??

  5. pam kueber says:

    Hi Ginny and all, the number-one rule of the blog is that no one is to be made to feel bad for their choices. I want this to be a place of peace and mutual support. Looking back perhaps I should have closed this story to comments altogether because it was likely to solicit at least initial surprised reactions because it is so unexpected and in such a colorful way. Can I try to end a controversy before one really begins by saying both sides are right. There were great things about having our moms stay home with us. But it’s great now for women to have a full range of career choices to choose from. Many thanks to everyone in advance for keeping this discussion on peaceful grounds.

  6. Ginny says:

    Midcentury women as “little more than being baby makers”?!!? Please. My own mother and grandmother were midcentury housewives and are some of the most accomplished women I know. Believe it or not, running a household has always been a full time job and is a valid and reputable career choice in and of itself. I know women with families today who tell me they don’t know how to cook, or even sew on a button back on a shirt. They tell me they just throw out their clothes if they lose a button. And they feed their kids almost exclusively on fast or preprocessed food. No wonder everyone’s fat, malnourished and deeply in debt these days! Yes, there are some very good things from the past that absolutely should be reincorporated into our present day lives. Nothing odd about that. I applaud the “retro housewives”!

  7. Mid Mod Pam says:

    Hi Jenny, thank you for your comment. It made me stop and think and I even re-edited my original post. It also made me recall the one main rule of the blog: No one is to be made to feel bad for their choices. (Short of criminal / ethical misdeeds of course!)

    Send me photos of your kitchen and I will do a story! pam at retrorenovation dot com.

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