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Sirens Should be Seen and Not Heard

Sirens Should Be Seen and Not Heard

Submitter: I found this delightful item in my mid-sized public library’s 800s. While humour books are always a good fit for our collection, anything this old is unlikely to appeal. Given the number of 60s popular culture references in this one, it was an easy (if hysterical) weed.

Holly: This is hilarious! I love the excerpts included by Submitter (below). It is definitely filled with 1960s references, and can probably be weeded for relevancy and/or demand in most public libraries. If it still circulates and you have space, though, keep it! I can think of a few specific patrons who would like it around here! Humor is a tricky category to weed, so let the statistics do the deciding for you. Is it used? Does it meet average age benchmarks? Is it in good shape? If not, have one last laugh over it and let it go.

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17 Responses to Sirens Should be Seen and Not Heard

  • I’m sure it’s not as funny as “Dating Tips for Teenagers” by George B Eager….

  • I did not know this book existed, and now I must find it.

  • “My phone number is WA 2-9210.” That alone dates the book.

  • Hermione Gingold was a classic! Bell, Book & Candle, The Music Man … still, this does seem terribly dated.

  • That “advice” about the angora cat being put int he washing machine machine reminds me of a letter my brother wrote to me when he was married to his first wife years ago. They had two kittens who got into the fireplace, and now every little white part of them was grey from the ashes. He said he wanted to put them in the washing machine and even drew me a picture of them peeking out of the washer. He was only kidding. I hope. 🙂

  • Oh, this is kind of a squee! I didn’t know she ever wrote a book…

  • In some circles this would be a keeper until it fell apart; Hermione Gingold was a big name in musical theatre in the Sixties.

    It’s worth noting however that this book is only one volume of a four-part autobiography, which was published as an omnibus in 1988. There’s likely to be a more recent edition of that available.

  • Pretty erudite critique from Jayne Mansfield!

    • I believe Mansfield’s I.Q. was measured at about 140.

      • Yes, some of those glamor-girls/movie stars had a lot more to them than met the eye. Take Hedy Lamarr, for example. From Wikipedia: “At the commencement of World War II, keen to aid the Allied war effort, she identified jamming of Allied radio communications by the Axis as a particular problem, and with composer George Antheil, developed spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat it. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.”