Monday, May 16, 2011

The Thrifty Kitschy Housewife Series: Caring For "Galoshes" And Other Bad Weather Apparel

Advice From A Collectible Homemaker's Handbook: "Keeping Your Galoshes, Rubber Boots And Raincoat in Tip Top Shape"

Yes indeed there are still folks who wear
galoshes and who worry about keeping their rubber boots, umbrellas and raincoats in tip top shape. I consulted a vintage booklet called "Worcester Telegram Homemaker's Handbook (1940s or 1950s?) to help my thrifty readers learn more about "Bad Weather Apparel".

Rubber Boots

To store rubber boots, pack the inside of each boot with tissue paper. Cover the outside with castor oil and store in a dry dark corner of a closet or cellar. Never store in the attic or near hot water or steam.
Mending Galoshes

Torn galoshes can be mended as follows: Use black or tan adhesive tape as a mending tissue. It is easy to apply and will hold securely if the work is carefully done.

Cleaning Rubber Raincoats

To clean a rummer raincoat, use lukewarm water and white soap. Wipe off with clear water and hang out to dry. Never use benzine or gasoline on rubber.

Rusted Umbrell

Clean the rust spots off with fine steel wool or a good cleaner. Then apply a little vaseline to the hinge to protect the framework from rust. When drying, so not open, but place handle side down in umbrella stand to dry. This prevents water from settling in the rib joints and causing rust.

Washing Galoshes

Just put them in the washing machine. Wash them thoroughly, rinse in warm water and dry in a warm place. They will come through unharmed and clean inside and out.

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists

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