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Massage Madness

coverThe Massage Book
Downing
1972

Submitter: I have a truly horrifying submission for your perusal. I work at the downtown branch of a large library system up in Canada, and I was going over a cart of books that had fallen out of circulation. To my chagrin, this was in our collection, and is one of those great books printed in brown ink as only the 1970s could do. You learn how to create your own oils, make your own massage table and various techniques for massage. With illustrations that become a little graphic, it’s quite a book. I see why it languished on the shelves!

Holly: Mary has a clown phobia and I have a massage phobia. I am totally grossed out even thinking about some stranger sliding their hands over my skin. Ewwww. I get that libraries should have books like this, though. It was a completely reasonable choice for 1972. It should’ve been weeded by about 1980 at the latest.

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Childhood Diseases are Fun!

have a happy measle title page

Have a Happy Measle, and a Merry Mumps and a Cheery Chickenpox
Bendick
1958

Today we have an oldie, but a goodie, thanks to an alert Twitter follower. Since this is before widespread application of the vaccines for childhood illnesses, maybe these authors were just trying to spin disease as a fun vacation from school. As a child, I had measles, mumps and chickenpox and just about everyone else I knew did too. It was almost a rite of passage. I don’t really remember it being this “fun”, though. It’s definitely a weeder, but also an awesome relic from the olden days.

Stay healthy everyone!

Mary

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Kid’s Guide to Birth

A Look at Birth - coverA Look at Birth
Photos by Forrai, Text by Pursell
1978

Submitter: This book came from a small public library. We discovered it while deep weeding our children’s collection. The book is intended to be used by parents to teach children how a child is born through photographs and simple text. While the text is simple, the photographs are rather traumatic and confusing. I’m not sure what age the book is intended for and young children would not understand the pictures. The pictures are black and white and out of focus. The picture of the father in the waiting room “dragging” on a cigarette did make me laugh with the accompanying text. I feel terrible for the woman in labor in the pictures and I’m grateful most women do not have to be rigged up to some kind of medieval torture device and forced to work against gravity to bring her baby into the world. A hospital birth has certainly changed since this time. Fathers are often in the delivery room and the birth experience is not quite like this anymore. The last circulation dates were from the year 2000 and 1988. Should have been weeded long ago. BTW, at least one of these pictures is not safe for work.

Holly: Books like this can be beautiful and helpful and useful. This just looks old and a bit scary.

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