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She Had a Question, 1919 (3rd set)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 11, 2009

Elbows, fingernails, and necks are some of the parts giving difficulty to the young women of 1919. Oh, and as usual, constipation. Thank heavens for advice from the “Girl Query” columns of the Young Woman’s Journal!


“Farmer’s Girl.” – There are so many ways for a girl or woman to make money “at home” aside from sewing, then sewing does not always find a ready market in these days of factory-made clothing. As our space is limited, please send stamped addressed envelope for specific suggestions.


“Jane.” – (1) Use cold cream on your elbows, first softening them with cloths wrung out of hot water. Cucumber cold cream is one of the best creams, as it whitens as well as softens. Put some cream in the palm of the hand, and place the opposite elbow in it, rubbing round and round for several minutes. If you will be persistent with this treatment, your elbows will grow round, and white and dimpled.

(2) You must stop biting your nails, as this habit often does away with the crescent. To help correct the habit, dip the tips of the fingers in quinine solution several times per day. Push the cuticle back with an orangewood stick after soaking the nails in olive oil for ten minutes. Rub the nails with oil every night, and use a nail brush to scrub them every morning. Soon your nails will be greatly improved.


When one has received a wedding invitation and is unable to accept, to whom should the visiting card be sent, and is a present in order? – Florence.

If the invitations are sent out in the names of the bride’s parents or other relatives they are the hosts and to them should the cards be sent. A small present with compliments would show your love and good-will.


When a wedding breakfast is to be served, should the bride remove her veil before or after the wedding breakfast? Also please suggest a suitable menu for the breakfast. – Out-of-town girl.

A bride does not remove her veil until she changes her wedding gown for a traveling dress.

I submit two menus which seem very nice.

I. Bouillon, Salted Crackers, Chicken Patties, Olives; Fruit Salad; Small Lettuce Sandwiches; Ice cream, with fresh strawberries; Chocolate cake.

II. Grapefruit and Orange Cocktail; Fried Chickens or Creamed Fish; Rolls; Potato Balls; Parsley Dressing; Lettuce and Tomato Salad; Breadsticks; Lemon Sherbet; Homemade Cookies.

A breakfast should not be served after one o’clock.


Sandalwood is a fine grained, costly wood, native of the East Indies and tropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. Is used in making small ornamental articles and cabinets and is remarkable for its fragrance, due to an essential oil. Do not know of any place where it may be obtained.


Will you tell me something about Social Settlements? – Drucilla.

“Social Settlements” is the name given to those houses situated in the poorer districts of large cities where educated men and women live, that they may come into contact with the poor, and better the condition of that class. The social settlement represents an attempt to establish closer relations between the higher and lower class socially, by giving the poor opportunities for culture, and securing for the rich a broader view of life by closer contact with the people. The first work of this kind was commenced in 1867, by Edward Denison of Stepney. His early death prevented him from carrying out his plans. In 1875 another English gentleman, Arnold Toynbee, took up the work, and although he met an early death, his influence was so strongly felt that the first settlement was named after him. The movement spread rapidly, and by 1890 there were many settlements through England and Scotland. In the United States, Hull House (Chicago), founded by Jane Addams, and the College Settlement in New York City, were opened in 1889. We now have 101 in the United States, and the settlement idea is spreading throughout Great Britain, Holland, Japan, India, and New South Wales.


“R.P.” – The question you ask cannot be answered in this department. Why not discuss a more profitable subject in your class?


“Blanche.” – One way to get your fancy work before the public, is to exhibit it at the Utah State Fair in September. Write the Fair Association, State Capitol building, and ask for the premium list which will be sent you, free. Information as to entries, terms, etc., are there given. If your work is exceptionally fine, there will be no difficulty in finding sale for it.


I have pimples on my neck. What can I do? – Myra.

Pimples on the neck are the same as on any other part of the body, and come from poor circulation, constipation, rich foods, over-eating, etc. Remove the cause; they will disappear.


“Mother of Four.” – A little gasoline on a cloth will remove grease from the woodwork around your gas stove, and also clean the stove quickly. (Have no heat or flame around while doing this.) All the woodwork in the kitchen can be gone over in this way.


“J.L.” – Blackheads are caused by dust, dirt, and grease becoming imbedded in the pores. Steam the face with towels wrung out of hot water until the skin glows and looks ruddy, then massage thoroughly with a good cold cream for five minutes. Wipe off with a soft towel; repeat this until the skin is completely relaxed and softened, gently press the blackheads out, having the finger tips covered with medicated cotton. Or, better still, use a comedone extractor which can be purchased at any drug store. Now apply an astringent, which is made by adding a teaspoonful of powdered alum to a small bottle of witch hazel. Or, use spirits of camphor. In the future keep the face and neck thoroughly cleansed to prevent a recurrence. The whole body should receive a daily tubbing, and be sure that you are not troubled with constipation.


To avoid wrinkles, eat plain, nourishing food, indulging freely in green vegetables and fresh fruits. Cultivate a cheerful, sunny disposition and flee from worry as from a contagious disease.


“Louise.” – It all depends on the age of the young lady. I think, however, it would be well to let the young man take the initiative.



  1. Oh, dear. I thought I had postponed this pre-scheduled post when I wrote about my insight on the “fourfold purpose” instead. Oh, well, if anybody is bored at work this afternoon, you can’t say I didn’t offer you lots to read instead!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 11, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  2. “Cultivate a cheerful, sunny disposition and flee from worry as from a contagious disease.”

    Wonderful advice for all of us, wrinkles or no. ..bruce..

    Comment by bfwebster — December 11, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

  3. Must I confess that not ten minutes ago, I looked at myself in the restroom mirror and noticed how wrinkly I’m getting? Gotta remember to be cheerful …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 11, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  4. Wow – who knew that constipation was a cause of pimples as well as blackheads?

    Comment by Hunter — December 11, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  5. I sincerely anyone will ever complain about an extra Keepa post!If wrinkles there must be, let them be laugh lines!

    Comment by Eric Boysen — December 12, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  6. So rubbing my elbows in cold cream will make them dimpled? I’d’ve thought that drinking cream (cold or warm) would be more likely to have that effect.

    Comment by David B — December 13, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

  7. Please give either method a try, and report back with your experience, David B. — and pictures. :)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 13, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

  8. Cold cream like the make-up remover, or cold cream like the stuff from a cow after being refrigerated?

    Comment by Clark — December 14, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  9. We’ll give you a similar assignment, Clark — try both interpretations, and report back!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 14, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

  10. Some idiot cookbook website employee — or a spamification thereof — wants me to add a widget to Keepa’s front page linking to their online cookbook to improve “MY” traffic, all because they have discovered the phrase “mutton tallow fat” in one of these “her Questions” posts.

    Do spammers ever consider how unlikely I am to ever use their sites (even in a case like this one of a cooking site I have actually visited) when they make idiotic pitches like that?

    If only I could ask Catherine Hurst what to do …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 15, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  11. My dear “Ardis” – I would urge you to look higher for increased website traffic. Do be cautious, as an unwise step now, would probably cause you sorrow later. Above all, refuse to meet the person in question.

    Oh, and ragtime music is bad.

    Comment by Catherine Hurst — December 15, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  12. Whoa, sign me up for breakfast in 1919! I know I’m an aberrant, but I’m not a huge fan of starch with a side of sugar early in the morning. Unfortunately, for some reason it disgusts my husband when I eat curry or lasagna for breakfast. Not as much as it’s going to disgust him when I chow down on creamed fish, olives, and small lettuce sandwiches though- bwa ha ha!

    Comment by Moniker Challenged — December 16, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  13. My wife is also fond of savory food for breakfast. I don’t share her preference, but it doesn’t disgust me. The article, however, refers to a wedding “breakfast”, and not the usual morning meal.

    Too bad space was limited for printing what people could do at home for money in 1919. That would have been interesting.

    Comment by Lee C. — December 16, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

  14. My father loved creamed codfish in the a.m. but my mom didn’t make it.

    Comment by Eric Boysen — December 17, 2009 @ 7:51 am

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