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We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against

People our parents warned us against cover

We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against
A Close-Up of the Whole Hippie Scene
Von Hoffman
1968

If you were a parent back in the day of hippies, this was your guidebook to the inside life of those crazy kids. Here are the inside stories told from some hippie children from Haight-Ashbury in 1967. You can learn groovy words like: pushing, scoring, tripping, acid, and smack. There is also lots of group sex and marijuana. Not a bad cultural profile, but a bit disorganized for reading. The author throws in ads, headlines, and other text that seem to be chapter markers, but aren’t really related. Maybe the author was trying to make a statement with his more “free form” organization.

Sample Hippie Joke:

Q – Do you know what happened to the hippy who crossed IBM with LSD?

 A – He went on a business trip.

Everyone stay groovy, and feel free to contemplate the good old days with Jimmy Buffett’s song of nearly the same title.

Mary

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Flower Power

The Flower People
Gross
1968

I was just a kid in 1968, but a few of those kids were at the local colleges in my town and I remember just being fascinated with the fashion, etc.  8 year old me wanted a fringe vest and boots SO BAD! Mom said no. (What a killjoy.)

Best part of this book was the hippie vocabulary. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone refer to the “fuzz”.   I doubt anyone would have any trouble translating some of the sayings, but I am sure you will enjoy the explanations. Contemporary books of this time are some of my favorites.  It is so funny to think that this group is now talking about Medicare and retirement. Can you dig it?

Stay groovy,

Mary

More Flower power:

Damn Dirty Hippies

Dirty Hippies Living on Love

Peace, Love and Flower Power

Vietnam Policy for Kids

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Secrets from the Homemakers

Good Housekeeping’s
Guide To Successful Homemaking
1961

How about some modern housekeeping tips? This behemoth of a book would probably require a staff of hundreds to execute all the suggestions and “rules” contained. I was exhausted just reading some pages of tips. I would imagine that D-Day planning was less complicated. Of course it is outdated for obvious reasons, but I would buy a modern version of this in a heartbeat, if it was all short cuts and didn’t set the bar so high for a “good” home. This book reminds me of a Godey’s Lady’s Book for the “modern” age.

Ladies, I would take special notice of how to wear/buy a hat and bra. (I am now reviewing my own expectations of a bra and wondering if they could help my breasts move back to where they lived in 1978.)

Mary

More household help:

Home Firearm Safety (Please note the cover!)

Sidetracked Home Executives

Home Ec Memories

It’s All About the Homemaking

Groovy Decor

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