Harmsworth’s Household Encyclopedia


Harmsworth’s Household Encyclopedia was a practical guide to all home crafts in the 1920s, a cornucopia of diverse subjects as chickens, shadow puppets, dance steps and – somewhat bizarrely – handguns!


Seeing a pair of lorgnettes (essentially spectacles on a stick) which were the fashion of the day, it’s hard to imagine anyone using them without looking more than a little imperious!

These days we see media coverage on the debate over size zero models, but the images in this encyclopedia show that the fashions of the 1920s did not accommodate the slightest hint of a womanly curve!


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