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Looking Good

This category includes all fashion, beauty, exercise and fitness materials.

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Slim Goodbody

Slim Goodbody: The Inside Story
Burstein
1977

Submitter: I found this as I was weeding the children’s section of our public library. It’s copyright is 1977; it was acquired in 1982; it hasn’t been checked out since 1997.  My first thought when I pulled the book off the shelf was, “Is that Bob Saget?” The nicest thing I can say about the pictures is that they are dated. Some are actually slightly disturbing, like the centerfold pose illustrating digestion. Honestly, I was too distracted by the guy wearing the unitard that I couldn’t concentrate on any of the information presented in this book. Some further Internet research revealed some YouTube clips of Slim Goodbody [such as this one]. Slim Goodbody is also still touring the US and giving presentations at elementary schools. I can only hope his books have been updated a little bit. http://www.slimgoodbody.com

Holly: Ha ha ha! Oh, man, this is awesome. I think kids would enjoy something like this! I agree that 1977  is definitely pushing the limits of useful, but I’m surprised it hasn’t circulated better. It’s funny. I used to be obsessed with the transparent overlay pages in the World Book under “human body” and would have thought this was cool (that was 1982…). Bob Saget + Richard Simmons + Dustin Diamond = Slim Goodbody.

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DIY Face Lift

 

The 15-Minute-A-Day Natural Face Lift
Saffon
1979

Finally, a DIY facelift book! Where has this been all my life? Just use some mineral water, face cream and a bit of tape and voilà, instant youth. I urge all of you to try these cool exercises. I can’t wait to have someone card me at the next trip to the bar!

Mary

More Beauty Secrets:

Think Big Breasts!

Debbie does exercise

This is your face doing isometrics

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Modern Style for a Modern Girl

How you look and dress
4th Edition
Carson
1969

Submitter: Yes, we are finally getting into some serious weeding of our academic library, hence this little gem. It has everything the modern girl (in 1969) would want to know:

-How to handle a coat (to be fair, as I live in the tropics, I may never have figured this out)

-How long one should lie in the sun

-How to have a gay, happy look

-How to shop with kindness

To top it all off, it smells really musty, the cover is fading and the pages are stained – won the trifecta!

Holly: This cover is definitely dirty looking. And old. Collectors will snatch this up at a book sale in a hot minute! Unless your academic library has a real reason to keep something like this, and I mean a REAL academic reason…make way for something newer. There are some great old pictures in this book, though!

More Awful Fashion Advice:

You Can Be America’s Next Top Model

Looking Good for Your Man

Power Dressing!

The Teen I Want to Be

Great Grooming

Turn on the Charm

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