Back in 1884, long before there were posts by people under anonymous names on Twitter & Tumblr, The Boston Globe introduced a "Housekeepers' Column" that would eventually take on the iconic name of Confidential Chat in 1922. The chat was a place for women & men to ask all kinds of questions & answer other readers whether it was recipes, children, housekeeping, fashion, love, marriage or zillions of other topics. They embraced all the topics of the time, controversial or not, women's voting, bob haircuts, The Depression, World War II, The June Cleaver lifestyle, and even all those hippies.
Pouring over the newspaper pages laden with the stench of old having been saved by my mother and grandmother, I couldn't help but think that it's a shame these are just sitting in my genealogy office rather than being shared. They are so rich in displaying the times, dispelling the myths, and showing the thoughts and advice of our forewomen and men! And so... The Sunday Confidential on Let's Talk New England has its birth today.
Where to begin was the biggest struggle, so I pulled out a complete copy of "A special section of The Boston Globe, May 11, 1984 - Confidential Chat, 1884-1984, A Century of Sharing" and in it are examples of some of the letters from 1891-1984 and much more. The blog picture posted here is from that special edition on page 4. Any thoughts on it? I'd love to hear them! Is it me or does it surprise anyone else girls (or at least this one) were just plain mean even back that far?
Before I go today, I definitely want to tell you how you can access The Boston Globe Archives from home, assuming you don't have issues sealed in plastic bags around your home ;)
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy