plastic crafts

Clear Crafting

Plastic Crafts
O’Meara-Humphrey
1977

I really wasn’t sure what to expect with these plastic crafts. In this book, plastic crafts are clear acrylic items that end up being sign holders, shelves, and other basic containers. I thought these things were churned out by Big Plastic Factory and not something one would craft. The clear plastic theme was indeed a thing back in the day for the really modern look. If you are a librarian, you probably have a hundred of these things to hold the latest signs, flyers, etc for your library.

Looking at the detail involved, it does require some skill. Nowadays, someone would probably use a 3-D printer and call it a day.

Mary

peter rabbit board book cover

Questionable Bunny Behaviors

Bunnies
Peter Rabbit
Peek Through Board Books
1995

The bunnies are having a pretty good time in this little board book. Note the wine making and the smoking of “rabbit tobacco”. Perhaps this is Peter Rabbit’s marijuana dispensary and wine bar.

Sketchy bunny activities not withstanding, I think it worth making a comment about a board book being this old and still hanging around. Board books are tiny germ factories and really shouldn’t be hanging around for over a year or so. I am going to guess that board books are chewed upon regularly by tiny patrons. Recycling these books often is a good strategy for keeping the germs under reasonable control.

a new true book Internet

Proto Internet for Kids

Internet
Koehler
1995

When I plucked this out of a library collection, I started to laugh because the average little kid would have no idea what this book was about. This book was written for their parents.

The Internet was still a novelty to most people at the time of publication. Services like AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve were the players in making the Internet accessible to the general public.

This is a nice snapshot of the early days of the Internet, but today’s kids aren’t really interested in digging into the Gopher servers.

I wonder whatever happened to my Compuserve address?

Mary

VD

Happy VD!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We feature so many love themed books here on this site, so let’s revisit some of these posts as we enjoy a day of romance, or not. Back when I was a teen, I thought it was hilarious to wish someone Happy V.D.  So let’s kick off this holiday with some real VD.  Tacky teenage humor aside, books like these need to be weeded asap. Aside from the downright outdated versions, there is also a subtext about the women who are diseased.

Let’s be safe out there this Valentine’s Day.

wedding speeches

Make a toast to the bride and groom

Wedding Speeches and Toasts
Jeffery
1971

Another “how to make a speech book”, this time from the UK. In the days before the Internet, this was actually a pretty common question at the reference desk. I remember when our library had lots of these types of books. We also had a bunch of books on delivering a eulogy or writing a condolence note. Aside from the age of these kind of materials, I am not sure these have a book equivalent anymore. I think most people are heading to a Pinterest board or Googling for answers. Consider this an artifact from the old days.

telephone magic

Telemarketing: Magic or Evil?

Telephone Magic
How to Tap the Phone’s Marketing Potential in Your Business
Weitzen
1987

This book is all about telemarketing to increase your business success. Evidently, this guy must have one of the people that started us on the path to robo calling and all sorts of other awful phone technologies. Given the topic, my first instinct is to pull the book, set in on fire, and then grind the ashes into the ground. Excuse my personal tantrum on the evils of telephone abuse that have been heaped upon me since I was old enough to hold a phone.