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Mary Kelly

Christmas Crafting – Now with extra pink!

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Victorian Christmas Crafts
Bruno
1984

I pulled this book for weeding as it was falling apart and had a bit of an odor problem. I love the idea of traditional Victorian Christmas crafts, but this book wasn’t doing the job. I am not a particular fan of the illustrations. There is too much pink and not enough visual instruction. I like pink as much as the next person, but going through this book was making me a bit crazy. Between the odor and the pink, time for this one to die a natural death.

Mary

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A Perfect Figure in 15 Minutes a Day

Debbie Drake exercise book cover

Debbie Drake’s Easy Way to a Perfect Figure and Glowing Health
Drake
1961

Debbie Drake was featured on our site back in 2011 with this exact book. The book’s condition was pretty sad and my scans weren’t very good. It was also missing a cover and when I found one with the cover intact, I thought it was time for a “do-over.” Debbie was a female version of Jack LaLanne .

The original post had some advice on how to exercise your hair and face. This time I included pictures from Debbie’s advice on how to get up from bed, increase your bust, and spot reduce your waist. You’re welcome.

Mary

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Dolled Up

Doll collecting for fun and profitDoll Collecting for Fun & Profit
Seeley and Seeley
1983

I’ve been poking through our doll collecting books recently. To honest, they just creep me out. I keep thinking about some doll displays I have seen and I am quite sure I would never be able to sleep if the room was filled with dolls. It’s the eyes! The doll “brain surgery” in the 2nd picture below isn’t helping, either.

Since this is a new collection for me, I am proceeding a bit more cautiously. Regardless, this hobby has lots of fans and deserves space in the public library. From what I can tell, the Seeleys have written quite a few books on collecting and evaluating dolls. I would imagine the information about identifying and evaluating collectible dolls is still quite useful, but the age of this particular book is troubling, especially when assigning monetary value. I am weeding this particular book since it is damaged, but I wonder if this material is useful to collectors any more.

Mary

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