ortified with the assertion that they are ""As Good Today as Yesterday"", out of the Victorian past comes this ""potpourri of the hints, formulas, tricks, reats and comments that went into the household goods of bygone generations"". ixed in with still practicable advice are period piece curiosities such as cleansing and bleaching tallow and playing blind man's buff. How to deal with stains, cockroaches, make an oyster loaf or raspberry vinegar may have present day advocates along with whipping up that staff of life, bread, or attending to bee stings. But there are more items to interest than to follow--say, making face powder, aming a rocking chair, making cement or mixing up a ""fine polish for footwear"" comprised of lampblack and lard, sulphuric acid, olive oil, white vinegar...Indeed rs. Lyon light-heartedly convinces one of the heavy, multifold duties of the 19th century housewife and of her ability to cope--and proves her point that it took ron women to run the households of iron (in her family's case seafaring) men. resh, wholesome, hearty Americana, and the publishers hope that this will be as popular a panacea as sulphur and molasses.