The Home: The Cat in the Icebox

U.S. housewives, long on gadgets and short on help, often look enviously to the Old World as a place where washing machines may be few but willing hands are plentiful, where every household is stuffed with old family retainers or cheerful peasants delighted to cook, clean, mend and mind the children for a pittance. The maidless American may be glad to know that this dream of domestic bliss is flickering out; all through the Western world, servants are increasingly in short supply.

Revolution of Expectations. In Italy, where just after the war a cook could be had for $3 a...

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