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Tweeny Maids (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – 1923)

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Saturday 17 November 1923

Tweeny Maids

 The servant problem, which has long been troublesome in this country, appears to be as acute in America, says the “Morning Post.” But there the difficulty seems to get “tweeny maids.” Advertisements for “tweenies” are constantly appearing in the papers. The uninitiated will be interested to know that a tweeny is a servant who is between a housemaid and a kitchenmaid. She knows the duties of both but is employed as neither. Her duty is to assist first one servant and then the other, according to the work in hand. No wonder there is a shortage of them. Her status is about the same as that of the homely “general,” but she has three mistresses instead of one.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – Saturday 17th November 1923

June 15, 2016 Posted by | Maid, Maids, Servants, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A picture paints a thousand words

Simply put a picture will be more descriptive than words can ever be, but how true is this, if a picture enables us to gain entry to another time, another world, will, like the view from a different window, even in the same house provide a different image.

These images allow a glimpse into another time, another era; but what proceeded or followed this image? As the individuals were positioned and posed like an artist’s model is what we see truly reflective or like the slightly softened image of an aging beauty a less that truthful representation?

I am reminded of a documentary I watched several years ago regarding the returning troops from the front during the First World War. The camera images show a broken, demoralised sea of humanity, young men who having seen sights that most of us hope never to witness have lost that sparkle; that zest which only youth has. But bring on the news camera and that battered returning group came to life, the smiles returned and even though muddied and bloodied their heads and bodies became erect, their arms swung in time and they demonstrated a swagger that spoke of courage and determination; an image that gave hope to the viewer.

It seems to me that even in the early days of photography all was not what it appeared and now in the advancing digital age a picture may paint a thousand words but will it be factual or fiction?

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Deltiology, Maid, Maids, Nun, Servants, Social History | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment