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Bums! NSFW!

A Woman Looks at Men’s Bums
Jenkins
1983

Submitter: Found this gem in our university library and had to share. It’s a book of photographs of, well, the title is fairly self-explanatory really! It’s from 1983 (which surprised me, from the looks of it I’d have said 1970s). It hasn’t been borrowed since 2001, but looks very well-thumbed indeed! I particularly like the author’s photo from the back cover. She looks probably the happiest I’ve ever seen anyone look… (Well, you would, wouldn’t you!) I’m slightly baffled as to why this was purchased in the first place. It was in our photography section, and I guess maybe when it was bought it was a good social art project type book, but now it’s just incredibly dated, not to mention yellowed and tatty! WEEDED.

Holly: God bless America.

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Bandit Bares It

The Bandit Bares Even More

Sports A to Z

Body Watchin’

Slim Goodbody

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Beauty Tips

Diane von Furstenberg’s Book of Beauty: How to Become a More Attractive, Confident, and Sensual Woman
von Furstenberg
1976

Submitter: Former Princess Diane von Furstenberg is still very popular today. I found this 1976 book at my local public library. Not so sure how helpful this almost 40 year old book would be to young women now. I have included two pages of 1976 celebrities and a creepy make up guide.

Holly: I’m sure that Diane von Furstenberg’s name is carrying this book at whatever libraries are keeping it. Patrons see her name and assume it must be great…and I’m sure it was in 1976! Beauty books are one of my favorite categories here at ALB. Enjoy!

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How to Be Attractive

Be a Sexy Woman with Debbie!

Save Your Face!

How to Be Pretty in 1974

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How to Be Attractive

How to be attractive
Bennett
1951, 2d ed., rev. and enl.

Submitter: The original edition was from 1948. Our copy does not have the cover shown – the library assistant who discovered this brilliant work (and read it cover to cover) found the cover on the web. We were struck by the fact that, for the most part, being attractive in this volume means being attractive to men (although there is that token glance at being attractive to women–but not that way, of course). The three-page discourse on what do to if a man becomes “fresh” (do some serious soul-searching and blame yourself) is particularly revealing. We were also charmed by the photograph of the woman moisturizing her hands (this photo was part of a two-page spread on the subject)–the child looks like he’s plotting serial murder. We are an academic library, and are happy to be weeding this little volume from our collection.


Holly: 
These self-care books for women in the 50’s just kill me. The woman on the cover looks like a manikin or a Stepford Wife or something. And submitter is right about the first picture below. All I can think is “It puts the lotion on its skin.”

More Beauty Tips for the Ladies:

Robot Beauty

How to be Pretty in 1974

Save Your Face!

Be a Sexy Woman with Debbie!

Ask a Man

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