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Shower me with love!

Showers for All Occasions
Haney
1954

I have a wedding coming up in my family and of course this led me to some catalog searches at my library.  I found this one on planning showers and of course the date alone made me grab it!  Old fashioned etiquette rules make this an interesting read as well as something appropriate for an archive.  This particular copy looked liked it had been through a war with some stains (I hope to God that is a coffee stain on those pages!) and a partially broken binding.  Condition aside, this charming book has everything MY MOTHER would have needed to know about HER wedding in 1958!  Here are some sample pages for a glimpse into yesteryear.  One of the glaring things I noticed is that a wedding shower was about small inexpensive gifts and not the big expensive affairs I have been involved with over the years.  A typical gift would be a single potato peeler or a vegetable brush.  I kind of like the less is more idea!

Mary

Here is the author’s picture and inside flap:

 

Here is a radical idea!

If you liked the old fashioned party books try these old posts:

Party’s Over

Just in time for holiday parties

Party Like it’s 1957

0 Responses to Shower me with love!

  • I love gay plastic!

  • The game involves puns. Fishermen use nets, lawyers file suits, bankers handle checks, etc.

  • The cover art and font of the title is a treat and I like the idea of small gifts rather than something extravagant. This book would have been great for my own wedding.

    All that aside, I gotta ask, on that page with the small gift ideas, next to broom it’s written in paranthesis “In gay plastic.” Just what the heck is gay plastic? Does the broom have to be happy or is it fighting for marriage rights?

  • I didn’t realize ‘miser’ is an occupation.

  • Showers in general are foreign territory to me (I’ve been to one wedding shower – yes, I got married without a shower – and one baby shower); for all I know this book could be current! That said, I’m all for small, useful gifts or pooling money to get one big useful item. Maybe not a portable washing machine, though.

  • Misers wear tights? We’re not talking superheroes here!

  • Yes, anonymous @2 must be right about the game. It was confusing to me because they gave the answers, but I suppose if you were actually playing it, you would either not put the answers at all, or put them in a different order and the guests would match them up.

  • I’ve got this one in my collection, love it. She truly does have showers for every occasion!

    I think I’d need longer than 10 minutes to figure out this game, though.

  • Didi – Back then it would mean brightly colored and therefore “happy” looking colors.

  • I found this one on planning showers and of course the date alone made me grab it!

    This is the reason larger libraries (and some smaller ones) want to keep such books if they’re in condition to continue circulating. People are interested in how their parents (or grandparents) did things. Our patrons are capable of telling by the cover (and the pub. date) just how old a book is–and might appreciate pairing and older book with a newer, or gleaning something usefull from “how they used to do it.”

    One of the concerns of hard weeding in the social issues is how hard we make it for the general public (who do not, as a matter of course, have access to the university collections) to read and understand the past. And of course, my own knee-jerk reluctance to play the heavy handed “of course, I know what’s best for those people” selector.

  • I could understand gloves for the prize fighter’s wife, but socks?

  • When we bought our house over 10 years ago, the previous owner had left many of his late wife’s cookbooks (he had remarried and was moving away)–including a “shower cookbook” she was given by the women who attended her wedding shower in 1948: Each guest contributed a recipe–all of them hand-written. I treasure that remembrance of a time when showers weren’t about getting huge gifts and getting to play “Bridezilla” for a while, but about friends giving friends helpful gifts straight from the heart.

    I agree, this book is not relevant to today’s world, but it would be a shame to lose it.

  • Just had to respond because the author and I share the same first name. I get very excited when I see another ‘Germaine’ spelled the same way!

  • RE: Susan- “I’m going to sock you in the face”

  • I think the game is a guessing game. Each person gets an occupation and everyone else has to guess what the gift would be, keeping in mind that the answer will be a pun.

  • Open the Commie comments!

  • “Didi – Back then it would mean brightly colored and therefore “happy” looking colors.”

    Jami, great! Thank you for that explanation. This term seemed totaly foreign to me so I had just never heard of it before but now it makes sense.

  • A few of those puns are surprisingly clever–what does a miser wear? Tights! I lol’ed.

    Also, news flash, today’s brides: you will love nothing more than to be given gifts for your husband at your own bridal shower.

  • MSM–I, actually, would love that. It seems the groom gets all but forgotten when it comes to weddings. He deserves presents and attention too. It would have to be a couples shower, though, because “groomal shower” sounds funny (and, you know, isn’t actually a word).

  • Two of the most used gifts I received when I got married are my rice cooker and my electric knife. We eat a lot of rice and the electric knife is perfect for cutting homemade bread. So besides our dishware it was the small gifts we use the most.

  • It’s nice to see that shower games have been torturing people for decades. I thought they were a recent addition to showers to make them less mind-numbing.

  • I love this. I am such a 50s housewife deep down that this satisfies a small part of my soul.

  • “Some husbands, it’s true, never learn how to fix anything.”
    Yep, and that is as true today as it was in the 50’s. That is part of why there is now an “ex-” in front of one of the guys I married.

  • *giggle*…Gay plastic. Nobody uses that synonym for happy anymore, ay! Well, I never knew some household chores are STRICTLY for men. I feel so bad for mowing.