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Car Making

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‘People at Work’
The Car Makers
Havenhand
1968

Holly and I are metro Detroiters and both of us are married to auto engineers. Actually, a disproportionate number of librarians seem to be married to engineers around here… I wonder if that is some kind of cosmic force of nerdiness?

Today’s choice is a Ladybird book from the old days. I became a Ladybird fan when I was in Britain for a couple of years in the mid 90s. My kids loved these books and I liked that they actually had a bit more meat than similar nonfiction titles. Of course my auto engineer would probably take this book and create a detailed diagram of how manufacturing has changed since this was published.

I was looking through the book and noticed the back and forth use of women vs. girls. I guess they weren’t sure at the time.

Mary

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At Your Leisure

Opportunities in recreation and leisure careers

Opportunities in Recreation and Leisure Careers
Jensen
1990

Submitter: 3 circs in about 9 years, and I can only retroactively apologize to those folks who checked this out assuming it would assist them. I’m also slightly annoyed that “carnival game operator” and “college teacher” are listed together as opportunities. Because those jobs are so very similar…

Holly: How is “college teacher” a recreation or leisure career? Also, what is an “industrial recreation specialist”?

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Bring Your Own Geiger Counter

prospecting for atomic materials cover

Prospecting for Atomic Minerals
Knoerr and Lutjen
1955

Those of you looking to change your career, here is an option to consider. Why not collect all those fancy minerals they use in an atomic bomb? It’s perfectly safe and easy for anyone to just pick up a shovel and start digging. You will be rich before you know it! What could possibly go wrong?

Worldcat shows only a handful of public libraries. Most holding are in university collections, especially those with technical programs related to engineering and mining. My copy looked like it had been doing field work given the condition of the cover and all the markings inside.

A few years ago we posted a similar book that had a more “get rich quick” tone compared to this book. I guess dropping the bomb is also a business opportunity in the making. I think these odd books have value just in the weirdness, and would probably be a fun display. Amateur mining sounds a bit outside the scope of my service population, however.

Mary

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