I love the pose of the woman as she is 'saving garbage': face turned away, eyes closed, she conveys the odiousness of the chore [it looks like she's wrapping a chicken carcass in newspaper; pre-Hefty Bag days, they were] so convincingly. It's a bit surprising to me that in 1937—on the heels of the Great Depression—people were being encouraged to throw out table scraps, rather than consume them. But that's progress, I guess. To quote GE: 'These drudgeries have no place in today's home.'
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.