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Home economics, decorating, gardening and home improvement. Also includes entertaining, parties, etiquette.

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Getting Kinky at Home

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Popular Mechanics
Home Kinks
Popular Mechanics, Inc
1946

Every now and then I will run across something interesting that just needs to be shared. In this case, it is a periodical that says Home Kinks on the cover. Inquiring minds absolutely need to know what kind of popular kinks are used at home.

I enjoyed this little gem from cover to cover. Does it belong in a public library? Nope. It does belong in an archive and hopefully digitized for future consumption. For now, enjoy this and don’t miss some of the pamphlets and books available for only a couple of dollars.

Mary

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Cheap, Cheerful, and Useless

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Cheap & Cheerful
Homemaking on a Budget
Forsyth
1973

I think this is probably one of the worst decorating/DIY books ever. None of the illustrations are any help. Note the kitchen layout picture. No context. No room dimensions or anything that might help the reader actually do the project. This book was a waste of money in 1973, let alone 2017.

Also, I don’t think any of this stuff is particularly cheerful, but then I am kind of grouchy today.

Mary

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Pretty Plants for Decorating

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Living With Decorative Plants
John Henry Company
1975

Plants were the cheap decorating accessory for the 1970s. I remember at the time people would fill living areas to the point where it was more jungle than living room. Houseplants were everywhere. Watering these plants probably took an hour a day.

Aside from the dated look, this book isn’t too bad. There is a list of plants and one or two comments on light/water needs. Plant care tips are low and decorating use is the main feature of the book. Not bad for the mid 1970s and downright comical in 2017. (See example rooms below.)

Mary

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