Down Memory Lane

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 09:17

The Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society appreciates this opportunity to share some of the stories gleaned from its archives, which are located in the old Chugiak Elementary School. The society has been existence since 1993 and has accumulated a vast collection of photos, newspapers, documents, books, letters and other material of interest to this area. Volunteers meet Friday mornings to organize and see tht these items are stored in archival safe containers. They are also helping to select articles for this column. If you are interested in working with them, pelase leave a message on our voice mail, 688-4706.

This first article is from the Knik Arm Courier, a weekly newspaper published by Rusty Bellringer. It ran under the heading “Shopping in Chugiak” on Aug. 30, 1960. Remember laundry day?

“The local Market Basket Store is now carrying the latest product to make the family laundry less time consuming.

With the modern washers, dryers and ironers taking all of the drudgery out of the laundry, one operation had not changed much since grandmother’s day: starching the clothes.

Until just recently it still involved mixing, dipping, hanging to dry and sprinkling to iron.

Now, at last, even starching has reached the push button age. Laundry starch is now available in aerosol cans, which can be used to spray the promised starch right on the garment and which can then be ironed immediately.

This makes it simple to starch just parts of a garment, such as collars or cuffs, and to starch on part of a garment more than another.

It does not take long to learn just how much of the spray to apply, and makes this formerly tedious job no more difficult than the ironing of unstarched garments.

The Market Basket carries both the natural and the synthetic type of starch in the push button can. The latter builds up in the cloth and does not readily wash out, making frequent restarching unnecessary.

For those of you who have been wondering if this new product will work, we have tested it and found it very satisfactory. It is a little more expensive than the old fashioned laundry starches, but there is less waste in the use. We were happy to see this new product and feel sure all housewives will echo our sentiments.”


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