The Bower-A Journal of Homemaking-Summer 1999 Issue-home magazine, domesticity, vintage magazine, instant download

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It was 1997, my sons were 8 and 4 years old and it would be years before we got our first computer. Yet I was finding so much beautifully inspiring writing and pictures in the antique books and magazines I loved, so the idea of The Bower was born. Bower is an old word for home, and for five or six issues, I explored homemaking seasonally, in the midst of mothering and dealing with the aftermath of an accident.

I have been asked many times over the years to reproduce that handful of issues, and this Summer issue now joins the Spring one. Hours and hours have gone into scanning in the pages of the original, cleaning them up from their before-computers-cut-and-paste look and turning them into pdfs. But otherwise, they look just as they did when I sent them out to my subscribers more than twenty years ago...if on a glass screen instead of tree-free paper. Now, you may read them brightly and attractively on your tablet or computer!

Everything in them is hand-drawn and lettered by me, or typewritten on my vintage typewriter, or copied from vintage magazines and books. I am so glad to be able to do this at home now, instead of spending long hours at Kinkos after my children were tucked into bed all those years ago!

:: INCLUDES ::
(As I wrote in the original magazine, in the spirit of Summer, this issue has fewer "departments" and more of a focus on rest and refreshment!)

-my letter to readers

-excerpts from letters to the editors of vintage homemaking magazines

-"If You are Going to Stay at Home...a patchwork of articles from the early 20th century about simple ways to make a summer without a vacation lovely and interesting

-A Modern Cinderella...a short story from Louisa May Alcott. A delightful, domestic tale because a good read is one of the best ingredients of a good summer (40 pages long)

-Picnics & Picnicking...and assortment of excerpts from books and vintage magazines with inspirational and practical ideas for making picnics a regular treat

-The Beauty of the Home chapter from an old-fashioned but wise book called The Complete Home (twenty-one pages long)

-A Plea for Play (my summer motto) and a home-poem and illustration


80 pages + front and back cover pages, in PDF format

:: Read in single-page view on any device or two-page spreads on some ::

:: This is an Instant Download ::

This is a digital download file consisting of 85-page pdf file. Nothing will be shipped.
It will be available immediately after purchase through Etsy.
If you have any trouble with your download, please get in touch and I will try to help.

:: PLEASE NOTE ::

All digital files are for personal use only. ©wildsimplicity All rights are reserved.

Thank you so much for visiting my shop!
It was 1997, my sons were 8 and 4 years old and it would be years before we got our first computer. Yet I was finding so much beautifully inspiring writing and pictures in the antique books and magazines I loved, so the idea of The Bower was born. Bower is an old word for home, and for five or six issues, I explored homemaking seasonally, in the midst of mothering and dealing with the aftermath of an accident.

I have been asked many times over the years to reproduce that handful of issues, and this Summer issue now joins the Spring one. Hours and hours have gone into scanning in the pages of the original, cleaning them up from their before-computers-cut-and-paste look and turning them into pdfs. But otherwise, they look just as they did when I sent them out to my subscribers more than twenty years ago...if on a glass screen instead of tree-free paper. Now, you may read them brightly and attractively on your tablet or computer!

Everything in them is hand-drawn and lettered by me, or typewritten on my vintage typewriter, or copied from vintage magazines and books. I am so glad to be able to do this at home now, instead of spending long hours at Kinkos after my children were tucked into bed all those years ago!

:: INCLUDES ::
(As I wrote in the original magazine, in the spirit of Summer, this issue has fewer "departments" and more of a focus on rest and refreshment!)

-my letter to readers

-excerpts from letters to the editors of vintage homemaking magazines

-"If You are Going to Stay at Home...a patchwork of articles from the early 20th century about simple ways to make a summer without a vacation lovely and interesting

-A Modern Cinderella...a short story from Louisa May Alcott. A delightful, domestic tale because a good read is one of the best ingredients of a good summer (40 pages long)

-Picnics & Picnicking...and assortment of excerpts from books and vintage magazines with inspirational and practical ideas for making picnics a regular treat

-The Beauty of the Home chapter from an old-fashioned but wise book called The Complete Home (twenty-one pages long)

-A Plea for Play (my summer motto) and a home-poem and illustration


80 pages + front and back cover pages, in PDF format

:: Read in single-page view on any device or two-page spreads on some ::

:: This is an Instant Download ::

This is a digital download file consisting of 85-page pdf file. Nothing will be shipped.
It will be available immediately after purchase through Etsy.
If you have any trouble with your download, please get in touch and I will try to help.

:: PLEASE NOTE ::

All digital files are for personal use only. ©wildsimplicity All rights are reserved.

Thank you so much for visiting my shop!

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