From the 1940s to the 2000s, The Sunday Post ran a column called Pass It On, in which readers shared household tips.
The advice ranged from exceptionally handy to quaintly outdated.
For instance, do you know why you should never paint stepladders? What about the best time to clean your oven? Or how to get water spots out of polished wood?
Two years ago, a book containing these tips was released and the homespun advice contained within helped propel the book on to the bestseller charts.
The first episode of a new podcast based on the book is to be released this week.
The three presenters are host Connie Fleming, with Steve Finan and Chris Phin, and each has a different perspective on the advice given in the Pass It On column.
The three discuss 1950s cleaning, ironing, cooking and thriftiness tips – whether they would still work, whether they ever did work, and what did it all really mean, anyway.
It’s an excuse for the hosts to have a conversational and warm meander through the social mores of the 1950s through the lens of modern life.
Steve worked at The Sunday Post for several years and is steeped in the nostalgia of old Scotland, whereas new house-owner Connie brings a more youthful, sceptical, and sometimes irreverent, attitude to household care.
The age chasm between the two is bridged by inbetweener Chris.
“To clean a wire mattress, use a cycle pump to remove the dust. If a lighted candle is run along the rolled wire edge once a week, and the mattress beaten with a small brush, it will be kept clean and fresh.”
Anyway, the Pass It On podcast launches a week today! Subscribe now! pic.twitter.com/5ENAmzrYR9
— Pass It On (@ThePassItOnPod) June 5, 2019
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