Exploring household hints the old-fashioned way


August 16, 2023

I had some unformed ideas for a column floating around in my brain when I noticed a bright red book on my bedroom shelf. “Heloise from A to Z: An Indispensable Home Reference Guide by America’s Most Trusted Household-Hints Advisor.”

Younger readers may not understand the usefulness of such a reference book. Why not just look it up on Google or YouTube or TikTok? The internet began in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1990 that the first search engine (Archie) was launched. The start date for Google was 1998. Even then, the amount of data available to search was limited. This particular...

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