Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Uses of a Lemon how to fold a lady's costume coat.  Some Wills's cigarette cards from the 1930s.  I have 19 or 20 of these slim 'household hint' cards--all issued as part of one of the many collectors' sets offered by Wills between the wars.  I find the Larkinesque lower-middle-class world depicted strangely attractive.

Considered as advertising material, this set would seem to have been directed at undereducated, would-be genteel young English housewives --a class of women for whom smoking might once have seemed illicit or outré.  The Marriage of Domesticity and Lung Cancer   And yes, break out the lemons: your husband's gonorrhea is back.