19 responses to ““Back in the Day…”: Life and How it was Lived a Hundred Years Ago II

  1. Genevieve Sawchyn

    July 31, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Your blogs are unquestionably the most educational blogs I’ve seen. I absolutely love them and look forward to every instalment. I only wish you were writing 18th century instead of 19th. That’s the time period I write and would LOVE your incredible insight into their way of life!

  2. J

    January 23, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    A scullion is the male counterpart to a scullery maid. =P

    • scheong

      January 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Interesting, I never knew that. Thanks :)

  3. Lynnette

    August 4, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    This was certainly interesting!

  4. Christian

    November 16, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    who are you?

  5. Gloria Davis-Spoors

    January 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I am trying, to no avail it seems, to find out what was used for soap or detergent to wash dishes back in the early 1900’s. I know that bleach and hot water was one thing used in the 1800’s.

    • scheong

      January 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Back in the old days, they used soda crystals, and soap-jelly (basically hand-soap, shaved, diluted into a paste). Nasty stuff that dries out your hands, but it’s all they had. In the 1930s and 40s, they had stuff like Lux Soap, which made the job more pleasant. But then Lux was used for everything from clothes to dishes, to washing your hair.

    • My Infocarolyn fogel

      June 22, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      My wonderful nana used to scrub her clothes, iron them,and make bread with tears in her eyes it hurt so bad. She cleaned mopped swept, gardened, had 6 children and looked like it, too. Carole

      • f

        January 22, 2016 at 1:02 AM

        Your wonderful mother should have taught you to show more respect for your wonderful nana.

    • My Infocarolyn fogel

      June 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      My grandmother used the dry soap powder used to wash clothes. She kept it in a glass jar in a cupboard near the sink. It was harsh on the hands.

  6. Carissa

    February 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    You can definitely see your skills within the work you write.

    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such
    as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  7. jaquelin link

    April 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    you are smart to know this

  8. Nene Matondo Kiesse

    November 9, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I want to know where to find those old iron, used in the old time, so I can show to my kids! Can anybody tell me where to find them?

    • scheong

      November 9, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Try flea-markets or antiques shops. They’re pretty easy to find.

  9. Mrs. Uma Raman

    January 28, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Very beautiful and interesting

  10. awesome

    March 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    hey you did great and all that info helped me with my assignment. can you make one about homes/shelter this is the question how did people live during federation? see ya next time and can you make it quick?

  11. rose

    September 27, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    do you know why in THE GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST book mentions the need to boil a dress pattern? What is that about? Rose

    • scheong

      September 27, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      I have no idea why. Aren’t patterns usually very thin paper?

  12. f

    January 22, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    Much of this article appears to pertain to those living in rural or poorer circumstances….wealthy people actually were able to keep themselves clean on a regular basis, and more often than once a week, without the need to share bathwater. The idea of bathing once a week (which wasn’t always the case-rich people had servants to draw and heat the water, along with doing all the other heavy work, so they could bathe more often) is not quite as gross as it’s presented, when you consider that this means actually bathing you entire body.
    People washed with basins of water and soap several times a day; upon rising, and before going to bed at a minimum. They also wore fragrances, and used scented waters and colognes to bathe. People back then had the same instinct to keep clean that we do-they just didn’t have the same resources.


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