Popular Mechanics, Inc
Every now and then I will run across something interesting that just needs to be shared. In this case, it is a periodical that says Home Kinks on the cover. Inquiring minds absolutely need to know what kind of popular kinks are used at home.
I enjoyed this little gem from cover to cover. Does it belong in a public library? Nope. It does belong in an archive and hopefully digitized for future consumption. For now, enjoy this and don’t miss some of the pamphlets and books available for only a couple of dollars.
Cheap & Cheerful
Homemaking on a Budget
I think this is probably one of the worst decorating/DIY books ever. None of the illustrations are any help. Note the kitchen layout picture. No context. No room dimensions or anything that might help the reader actually do the project. This book was a waste of money in 1973, let alone 2017.
Also, I don’t think any of this stuff is particularly cheerful, but then I am kind of grouchy today.
Submitter: [This] book so obviously dismisses females as able to perform home maintenance. Besides that, the book seems to contain useful information for any homeowner not exactly knowledgeable about construction, plumbing, electrical wiring, and such, regardless of gender. I would not say your “average” male is completely up to code on his TV repair skills either, even accounting for the time period!
Holly: This was a great choice for a public library in 1973 (although I’m not sure the community college in which it was found was ever the ideal place for it). It could have been weeded by the early 1980s at the latest. What was probably empowering in the 70s is demeaning and insulting today.