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Kay Smallshaw(1905-1996) was brought up in Stamford Hill and went to the Skinners' Company's School for Girls and the LSE, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1926. She then worked in advertising first at Harrods and then at G S Royds. She lived at home with her parents and sister until the early 1930s, when she went to live in Doughty Street; by 1936 she was working forGood Housekeeping. During WWII she married a naval officer, W. H. C. Beard, who afterwards worked as an antique dealer on the Isle of Wight; they had no children.How To Run Your Home Without Help (1949) was followed byYour Home and You: The Practical Encyclopedia for Every Homemaker(1955) andThe Housewife's Book of Home Equipment: A Practical Guide to its Choice, Use and Maintenance (1959).
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