1947 was still a time when many women could sew, and clothes were still expensive enough that some made their own, and most people repaired them. The idea of mending a sock, taking a pair of shoes to a cobbler ( shoe repair store ), or putting a button on a shirt, seems alien today, in a world where almost everyone has closets full of close they rarely wear, and socks are a few dollars for a dozen pair.

The late 1940s, and the 1950s, saw the rise of the concept of convenience and work saving appliances. Things that took the work out of every day chores, like washing dishes, and the drugery of things like washing clothes and vaccuming, made a lot of sense, and people today take them for granted. Replacing fresh cooked meals with things like TV dinners, and eating the products of fast food establishments, were less successful.