Remembrances of Times Past, by Marta Hiatt (Northern Star, 2006)
a chance to completely immerse yourself in pure, unspoiled
nostalgia. Anyone who has been alive over 30 years, as well
younger folks who wonder about the past, will constitute an
unlimited cast of interested American readers.
In Remembrances of Times Past, Marta Hiatt has arranged a
fascinating assortment of vignettes – most written by herself –
reminding us “how it was” in years past. These are arranged in
broad groupings like lifestyle, sex and social mores,
households, entertainment, fashion, etc.
And, for those of us who believe we don’t need any help
remembering, just try this set of facts from Marta’s research:
“At the beginning of the twentieth century, only fourteen
percent of homes had a bathtub, and only eight percent had a
telephone. Most women washed their hair only once a month, and
used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.” This fact is amazing for
US citizens (but would hardly come as a surprise for countries
where poverty prevails today).
Hiatt includes photos and quotations that bring back the actual
scenes she describes and allow readers to react to yesterday’s
world with Hiatt’s carefully researched facts and delightful
observations. Occasionally she spices up the printed page with
formerly “shocking” photos that would seem commonplace in modern
I recommend this colorful volume to anyone having a bit of
leisure time and a desire to look back and explore that treasured time
tunnel with the help of a knowledgeable and friendly guide.
- Bruce Cook, Ph.D.
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