Bij de haard
‘Bij de haard’ is a publication of the Boerinnenbond. The same organisation publishes the iconic Flemish cookbook. The Boerinnenbond is part of the very large Belgian farmers’ organisation ‘De Boerenbond’.
‘Bij de haard’ is tailored to the woman/mother of the time. It is full of advising articles on the points of contact with her life, such as education, cooking, minor and major ailments, relationships, interior design, appropriate clothing, the garden, etc. In all these articles God is never far away.
With this information, this magazine offers a special insight into the woman, or at least what the woman of the mid-twentieth century was supposed to be. An excellent piece of social anthropology collected in very nice looking magazines.
Bij de haard is a family magazine published by de boerinnenbond. The content is not geared to agriculture but rather to the average Flemish family. The Catholic faith is always present. The contents are about: the pocket money of the big boys | how to furnish our living room | the allowance for the construction of a water pipe on the farm | very practical kitchen appliances | the silver jubilee | respect and love for our elderly | polio and the blue disease | the washing up is not a chore | independent education | Jantje says ‘white’ when everyone else says ‘black’ | electricity | a lot of light in our house | the woman and the radio | courtesy at meetings | the future of our boys | maize | sensible clothing | aprons in line | our ironing at meetings | the future of our boys | measles | being sensibly dressed | aprons in line | our ironing | frying preparations with electricity | the homework of our children | who should educate | rooms under roof in existing dwellings | the cyclist and the road code | labour-saving in the furnishing of the house | asking children is not a burden | be careful avoid falling.
Bij de haard also has some regular sections like cooking, rug making, a health section and invariably a cooking section.