This week, I thought to search on Google Books or Internet Archives, cuz I couldn't remember what the book was called--I thought the author was a "Mrs" tho.
I was looking thru one by a Mrs Owens, from 1903, and much of it seemed familiar, but I remembered more illustrations and more quirky asides...anyway, in the "household hints" section, I found an unfamiliar term--Kalsomine. It had something to do with painting, according to Mrs Owens. (I asked a client about it today, and she recognized the term right away--it had to do with CHEAP paint...lol)
Kalsomine– A white or tinted paint medium containing zinc oxide, water, glue, and color that is used as a wash for walls and ceilings.
Ah-ha! A new word to me, but an every-day word to our grandparents, most likely.
Still, Mrs Owens wasn't it, so I checked Internet Archives.com and
found the RIGHT book! (published in 1887, 1894, 1899 & 1913)
Now THIS was a cool book. Larry and I thought it might have been
given to a young urban bride, because it depends alot on being able to
buy stuff like kalsomine, and also cuz there are instructions about
etiquette and how to run a house with servants.
Click either link and flip thru a few pages. Our lives aren't NEAR as
complicated as theirs were.
BTW, this was in Mrs. Owens book in the section on keeping house. Beware! ☺