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Friday Fiction: Australian Hospital

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Australian Hospital
Dingwell
1980 (original copyright 1955)

I found this book digging through the donation pile and loved the cover art. I think the drama of the woman biting her finger is just awesome. Dingwell’s catalog of over 80 titles is impressive by any standard. I usually get a kick out of these vintage titles for the cover art alone. The women always look a bit unhinged, and this one is no exception.

We featured a few of her books: Sister Pussycat (who doesn’t love that title?) and Nurse Smith, Cook.  This title is similar to most romances of the period. The awful guy is the right guy and there is the requisite misunderstanding between our lovers. Don’t worry things will all work out by the end of the book.

Mary

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Prepare for the End

Will Jesus Come this Year? CoverWill Jesus Come…
This Year
Positive Proof that the End is Near
Grant
~1950

I have to say I am kind of loving our good friend Rev. Grant and his somewhat hysterical doom and gloom pamphlets. Not too long ago we featured his special title, Work with Less Energy. This particular title is all about end times. Some of our best indicators are some of the more evil man made problems such as: heart disease, the atomic bomb, radio and television. Our dear Rev. Grant has got you covered with lots of scripture and advice so you can be fully prepared for the end. Not buying it? Don’t be too sad. They say it’s a dry heat in hell.

See you on the other side,

Mary

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Retro Buffets

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Best Buffets Cook Book
Better Homes and Gardens
1974

If the Brady Bunch were hosting a party, they would use this book. Feast your eyes on some of these delightful treats, such as Potato Chicken Bake featuring slices of American cheese and tater tots. I can just see Alice pushing these delicious meals on the whole gang. The early 1970s decor and fashion give this wonderful cookbook some extra zing.

Dig in,

Mary

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