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Mary Kelly

Private Zone!

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Private Zone
Dayee
1982

Another book for parents and kids to keep them all nice and safe. Not bad, but certainly not great. Since this book was published in the early 1980s, most people believed that sexual assault was the creepy stranger, when in actuality it is more likely to be someone known to the victim. This publication coincides with national media coverage of the disappearance of Etan Patz  and the murder and abduction of Adam Walsh.

There is, and was, a lot of material produced that addressed the issues of stranger danger and child exploitation. Not surprisingly, quite a few titles have ended up memorialized here on our site for a variety of reasons. Be sure to check out the links to other titles.

Mary

Strangers Among Us

To Catch a Predator

Those Deadly Strangers

Stranger Danger (Again!)

It’s Okay to Say Don’t

Satan for Kids

For those of you new to our site, please take a look at this book. I promise that it will not disappoint. It must be seen to be believed!

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Salad Days

Recipes on Parade: Salad cover

Salads
Recipes On Parade
Favorite Recipes Press
1966

All the salads you can possibly imagine are here in this book. Very few recipes featuring traditional greens, but of course the staples of potato salad, macaroni salad and our good friend Jell-o are featured the most. Jell-o based food is a popular topic here at ALB and as a Midwesterner, I grew up with just about every iteration of jello known.

Without a doubt, molded food was quite the trend from the late 1950s through the 1970s. My mom still has a collection of molds and I know I was given my share when I got married in the early 1980s. I don’t mind the basic sweet jello from my childhood, but I will draw the line at the molded beet and cabbage salad featured in the 3rd picture below. It’s so wrong on so many levels.

Mary

Indulge yourself with more Jell-o based cooking:

Salmon Jell-o Anyone

It’s Congealed!

Who Doesn’t Like Jell-o?

 

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Weaving Evil

weaving 1977 coverWeaving ’77
Ziemer and Smith
1977

Hey, I am all about the fiber arts and weaving can be just beautiful. Unfortunately, there is no “beautiful” weaving in this book. In fact, I am pretty sure this book should be burned in some kind of cleansing ritual since there are detailed instructions on how to weave a clown wall hanging. As you know, any clown themed decorating is the work of the devil.

The other projects are pretty awful as well. The last photo seems to be some kind of abstract mustache/mouth thing.

Mary

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