Go back, if you will, to the first time you stepped into your elementary school's library. What did you notice? Were there big windows? Rugs on the floors for "circle time" reading? Tables and reading nooks? Tall shelves filled with hundreds of books labeled with a mysterious number code? Do you recall the card catalog with the funny little drawers? The giant desk of the librarian? And what about the smell of all those new books? Ah, such a sweet scent.
Back in the 1920s and '30s, my childhood years in California, many women considered a sewing machine a luxury item. If they happened to own that utilitarian household item, it was no doubt one of their most cherished possessions. If they didn't have a sewing machine, all sewing and mending had to be done by hand, a most time-consuming task, especially when added to all the other household duties...