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Teen Guide to Homemaking
Brinkley, Chamberlin, Champion
1977

This could have been my high school text for home ec and the pictures could have come straight from my high school yearbook. All that is missing is a soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.  Just to give some context, microwaves were still pretty new at this time and this text doesn’t even mention them. The featured picture below talks about self-cleaning ovens and self-defrosting freezers, which constituted some seriously fancy features.

I swear, none of this seems “that” long ago in my head. Excuse my age crisis, but younger staff members/patrons have often said something like, “Ask Mary, she is old enough to remember… (insert anything “old” like a typewriter, presidents before Reagan, etc)”

Not that old (really),

Mary

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Jim “Catfish” Hunter

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Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Burchard
1976

Submitter: I weeded this book from an urban [elementary] school library. In the introduction it compares professional baseball to slavery, because the players are traded from team to team. I guess that’s the kind of racist comment that was considered acceptable to print in a children’s book in 1976. It gives a very clear answer to the difficult question many libraries with tight budgets struggle with: Is it better to have an outdated item on a topic, rather than no items on a topic? NO. This library now has no baseball biographies, and that’s okay.

Holly: Kids today are not interested in every single sports star from their parents’ generation. There are some, for sure, who will never be bad subjects for a school library collection (Babe Ruth, for example), but keep the books themselves up to date! If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is worthy of the collection, there will be a newer book available. (Never heard of him…but admittedly I’m not a baseball fan.) I’m with submitter: NO books on a topic is better than only awful ones.

 

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Make Love to a Man – 70’s style

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How to Make Love to a Single Man
How to meet him, understand him, and love him
Rajouane
1976

Evidently, it is a LOT of work to get men interested in sex. This comprehensive manual of nearly 200 pages details all the skills and tricks you can use to get a man interested in you. Advice includes how to seduce a man, one night stands, where to meet men (short answer: everywhere), dressing sexy, and super detailed sex advice. Best part: Awesome photos of brooding men in their natural habitat of the office, pool hall, film studio, barn, shower, museums, and parks. They really are everywhere!

Sample advice (You might want to take notes):

Wash dishes naked
Give your man a massage
Take off your clothes
Take off his clothes
Go fast
Go slow

I will leave it to you to continue your research.

Mary

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