The lesson Kay ought to have learned is that her husband gossips about her dishpan hands to the guests at their fancy soiree.
Never mind her admiring her stocking up at the top – the real story is in the cartoon at the bottom. let’s take a closer look, shall we?
“Caught Red-handed! Or, Kay Learns A Lesson”
1. Oh look Ed, we’re in the social column! Ed and Kay are newlyweds and they are having their first party. Naturally this is the biggest social event in Whoville, so Ed insists that Kay hire a maid so she can just Look Pretty and not do anything.
2. After Ed leaves for work Kay says to herself: ugh, what a doofus, we don’t have the money for a maid! So she decides to do all the scrubbing herself.
3. Hi honey, how do you like my red dress? Don’t you think it sets off my red hands and….uh oh!
4. Ed says: boy, your hands look like you dunked them in tomato sauce, dear (or something like that). Cue the slammed door and wails of how-dare-you. But wait – I mean, her hands ARE red, right? If it was me I’d just say: yeah, next time YOU can make the frozen custard and scrub the dishes, mister.
5.Some silver-haired snooty guest tells Kay that Ed has been talking about her red hands all through the party I guess she stayed in the bedroom all that time (wonder what the social column in the paper is going to say about the party tomorrow?)
6. Wasn’t I a goof not to use Ivory? says Kay. Well, that’s where I’d start slamming doors – as soon as I heard what Ed had been talking about to entertain the guests.
7. Yeah OK, Ed, so men like pretty hands. But women like it when men don’t gossip about them at parties. And they also prefer you not to buy the incredible jumbo size of a product to make your point.
Many thanks to the fabulous Gallery of Graphic Design for this April 1936 ad from Good Housekeeping.