Gypsy Creams


Woman's Realm / 11th March 1967

Well, the message is clear: marriage brings wisdom, and a Hoover washing machine. Lord alone knows what those other slatterns bought!

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Carrie on 19 October 2010 @ 8pm

Once I got married, I started to get the weirdest ‘homely’ presents at Christmas from his family such as towel bales and baking equipment. ARGH!

Tanya Jones on 19 October 2010 @ 10pm

Traditions die hard! Kiran should ask for the receipt so you can exchange it for something more exciting :)

Martin Fenton on 19 October 2010 @ 10pm

“Like the other girls in the picture, Mrs. Maleed chose Hoover because her mother said it was the commonsense thing to do.”

And we all know how infallible mothers’ advice is, don’t we?

Red Scharlach on 20 October 2010 @ 10am

This is bizarre, particularly the comforting note “(the married ones)”. After all, goodness only knows what would happen if a single woman ever got her hands on a washing machine. She’d probably sit on it all day until the vibrations caused hysteria and night starvation, and the morals of society as we know it would fall apart.

Martin Fenton on 21 October 2010 @ 6pm

For what it’s worth, I would have loved a washing machine as a wedding gift. Or, to be pedantic, a moving-out-to-live-with-the-woman-who-I-was-due-to-marry-in-the-next-twelve-months gift. It would have saved me what seemed like a small fortune at the time. And no, I didn’t buy ours “for my wife.”

Pam on 25 October 2010 @ 6pm

My gran bought my mum one of the first of these back in 1960, IIRC it cost 79 guineas. She gave me it in the early 80’s and it lasted for a few years after that. Don’t make ’em like that….. etc.etc
I always loved the metal lid of the spin dryer wich was a shade of blue I’ve never seen before or since.

Tim HJ on 26 July 2011 @ 8pm

I was intrigued by the surname of the family in the ad, and did a quick Google for David Maleed. The only one I can find is a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded a jazz fusion album called “Gricer”. One wonders whether he built his percussion skills at an early age, drumming on the top of his mum’s Hoovermatic?

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