Evelyn Nesbit started out as a teenage model for both painter and photographers. She then got a part as a chorus girl and then as an actress. She was involved in a scandal in 1906 when her wealthy husband, Harry Thaw, killed Evelyn’s former lover. She and Mr. Thaw were divorced in 1915.
This same column also ran in The Catholic Courier on Friday, Feb. 21st. The same picture of the new style hat also ran in that issue of the newspaper.
The Fairport Herald
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1919
Through the Looking Glass
by Evelyn Nesbit
Why does the farmer no longer dig up his fields with a spade? Why does the builder no longer make his own bricks of straw? Why don’t we walk from New York to Washington?
Why? Because we have improved/ <en are too clever to waste their time and energy making pins by hand or splitting rails with an ax the way Abraham Lincoln did. Labor saving machinery has been devised to release men’s energies for better things. The men who used to pound out nails with a hammer, and turn out one nail in five minutes, are tending machines that produce thousand of nails in the time they could make one nail by hand.
So it is with everything in industry. That is why the modern farmer can cultivate thousands of acres of land in the time he used to spend on his tiny back yard; why we travel from New York to Washington in speeding express trains
That is why the women of today are learning and thinking.
Labor-saving machinery has crept into the home to make possible for every woman leisure hours in which to read and study. Any woman who does not avail herself of the new devices is as foolish as the carpenter would be to cut down trees and saw them by hand into boards before he set to work to build a cottage.
Put a fireless cooker into your kitchen. Make use of electricity the way men do in industry, and see how much more you will be able to accomplish with less effort. Get vacuum cleaners to save you backs. Get an electric washing machine to save your hands for piano playing. Stop kneading dough and get a bread mixer. Electric irons, power sewing machines, were not invented as a luxury. They are here to help women. Use them. Be as progressive as the blacksmiths and the pin makers.