Labour-saving homes are fine as long as the appliances are working properly. But, now and?
G.V. Ladies all at work in a room.
S.V. Elderly lady bending a piece of metal in a vice.
S.V. Another lady doing the same.
S.C.U. A lady filing a piece of metal.
S.V. A lady working on a piece of electrical equipment.
Long V. Ladies being instructed in electrical work.
S.V. A very elderly lady being instructed on mending a table lamp.
C.U. A lady using a soldering iron.
C.U. Another lady fixing a distributing box to the wall.
S.C.U. A lady rawl-plugging a wall.
C.U. Using the hammer.
G.V. The whole room at work.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Labour-saving homes are fine as long as the appliances are working properly. But, now and again, in modern homes, these little gadgets go wrong, and when the 'man of the house' is out at work, the little woman is stumped. But NOT members of the Dutch Housewires Association at Bergen op Zoom.
These enterprising women, faced with irritating hold-ups in their daily chores - and the cost of repairs - are learning to do such odd jobs themselves.
Under professional guidance, they are learning in the local technical school to repair defective electric plugs and wiring, to use wall-plugging equipment, to stop doors squeaking, to mend table lamps--and a host of other jobs around the home.
Instructors have expressed surprise at the aptitude of most of these housewires for these 'technical' jobs. And the women enjoy the feeling of independence (and economy) it brings.