April 11, 2009Johnson Wax Shows Us The Oldest Feminine Habit
Here is the decorating pamphlet I picked up at an estate sale recently. I love it, except for one thing.
I batted around a different title for this post. For a couple days the draft of this post was known as “Types of Girls According to Johnson Wax” because, well, for the purposes of decorating advice this pamphlet divides all girls into four particular “types”. And they don’t do it very nicely. Yes, I understand that it was a different time back then and things were done differently, but man is this insulting.
Wait, what? Where is the good student? The quiet girl who likes to read? The bad girl who stays out too late with her boyfriend who dad doesn’t approve of?
Also, according to them, decorating is one of the oldest femine habits. Really? Wow. I wonder what they base that on.
Well, the good thing is, they have some really cute decorating ideas. So, Johnson Wax, I understand and forgive you. But don’t let it happen again.
So, here is the first type. The “Artistic” room.
Ha ha. “Or such”. Nothing like demeaning a girl’s interests before you try and convince her to buy your products. Nicely done. I don’t know about the giant quill, but I like the sewing machine in the room.The wastebasket idea is really cute, but I don’t understand why the girl can refinish a piece of furniture, but she needs her brother to attach two legs to a board for the desk! Ah well.
Stay tuned for the other three “personality types” and their bedrooms!