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Don’t Sit on the Baby!

Baby-Sitting coverThe Franklin-Watts Concise Guide to Baby-Sitting
Saunders
1972

Submitter: [Here is] a babysitting book from the 70’s. Apparently the going rate then was $0.75/hour, and there are references to sleep-in servants and tie dye jeans, as well as specific reassurance that it is acceptable for female sitters to wear pants.

Holly: My favorite line: “This doesn’t mean you have to dress like a square; it just means that you don’t wear your wildest tie-dyed jeans or your tightest hot pants” (p.42, image below). Then what the heck will I wear?

Boy, that cover is showing every inch of its 45 years, isn’t it? The cover art, the crinkles, and the tape do not help. I do like Tomie De Paola’s illustrations, but they don’t save this book from the weed pile.

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The Spinning Silver Shaft

baton twirling coverBaton Twirling: The Fundamentals of an Art and a Skill
Atwater
1964

Submitter: Not only is the cover very out of date, but I am not sure that people who are interested in baton twirling today would learn it through books, and more importantly, would learn it through this book. Also the dedication, which I also sent a picture of, is really quite terrible, and I quote, “Dedicated to all of you who have a love for and an interest in spinning the silver shaft.” I am not sure if that is normal baton twirler lingo, but seemed very out-of-date and slightly inappropriate. (Maybe it is a great baton twirler inside joke?). This book came from a public library.

Holly: The spinning silver shaft! <wink!> I agree with submitter – YouTube is a better option for baton twirling lessons than this black-and-white book from 1964. My mom graduated high school in 1964 and she’s…old. Don’t tell her I said that.

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Home Ec Flashback

teen homemaker cover

Teen Guide to Homemaking
Brinkley, Chamberlin, Champion
1977

This could have been my high school text for home ec and the pictures could have come straight from my high school yearbook. All that is missing is a soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.  Just to give some context, microwaves were still pretty new at this time and this text doesn’t even mention them. The featured picture below talks about self-cleaning ovens and self-defrosting freezers, which constituted some seriously fancy features.

I swear, none of this seems “that” long ago in my head. Excuse my age crisis, but younger staff members/patrons have often said something like, “Ask Mary, she is old enough to remember… (insert anything “old” like a typewriter, presidents before Reagan, etc)”

Not that old (really),

Mary

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